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Biomaterials: Alternative Materials for Art and Design

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Biomaterials: Alternative Materials for Art and Design
Lucia Monge
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The open enrollment period begins on
March 10, 2021

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

Biomaterials are non-toxic, biodegradable materials that utilize naturally occurring ingredients, and commonly incorporate biological processes in their creation. In this workshop we will reflect on the way everyday materials are industrially produced and explore alternative materials that can be created at home and incorporated into a variety of artistic practices. Participants will create different types of bioplastics, bioleathers, and composites. The workshop will incorporate the participant’s own practices and interests when exploring the potential applications and uses for these materials. At the end of the workshop the group will have practical experience in creating biomaterials, and a set of recipes and references to carry on with their own explorations in the future.

About the Instructor(s)

Lucia Monge is a Peruvian artist with a BFA in painting and an MFA in sculpture. She has taught art to undergraduates at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design, science to k-6 students in Lima, and workshops on eco-art to the general public in a variety of settings. She understands her teaching and artistic practice as opportunities to learn from—and with—others, including humans, plants and living beings of all kinds.

Materials List: Students Bring

• 1 cooking pot

• 1 silicone or wooden spoon

• Measuring spoons and a measuring cup (if available)

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Agar

• Corn starch

• Glycerine

• Gelatine

• Alginate

• Tea

• Sugar

• Alcohol

• Dyes

• Parchment paper

• Cheese cloth

• Acrylic drying boards

• Weighing scale

• Toaster oven

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