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6. BioFabricating Materials

  1. Produce at least two grown and/or two crafted materials:
  2. Grown materials - Grow a material, experimenting with at least 2 different recipes and variations thereof. Document the process, ingredients, changes, describe and compare the materials
  3. Craft materials - Craft a material, experimenting with at least 2 different recipes and variations thereof. Document the process, ingredients, changes, describe and compare the materials
  4. Document your recipes, the ingredients and process and if there have been changes, document your unexpected discoveries
  5. Name your materials, classify them by typology and display them in a systematic order of samples.
  6. EXTRA POINT Submit some of your swatches to the analog material library of your lab. (20cm *20cm aprox)


This week include the very organic work of Marco Donnarumma - amygdala as well as the bio menstrual experimentation by Nadia Campo Woytuk & Marie Louise Juul S√łndergaard


Cornstarch biomaterial

We followed the following recepi : Cornstarch biomaterial


  1. 10g Corn Starch
  2. 1 teaspoon vinegar
  3. 1 teaspoon Glycerin
  4. Water 85 ml
  5. Charron pigment
  6. tumeric pigment made in the class on Biochromes

Cooking with charron pigment

  1. We added the corn starch and cold water to a pot, and let the starch disperse in the water at room temperature.
  2. We add the glycerol and the vinegar and the pigment.
  3. We heated at very low temperature for about 5-10 minutes, with constant stirring , until a viscous consistency is achieved.
  4. We poured the mixture on a non-stick surface.
  5. Air dry the samples overnight. The result is a gluie material that is translucid
Cornstarch with charron pigment
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Cooking with tumeric pigment

We redid the same recepi, stirring better and managing the heat better. We added the tumeric pigment and pourred it into a recipient :

Cornstarch with tumeric pigment
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Conductive Gelatin bioplastic Ge04

We followed the following recepi : Conductive Gelatin bioplastic Ge04


  1. Gelatin 26 Gram (g)
  2. Glycerol 10 Gram (g)
  3. Water 100 ML
  4. Activated charcoal 2G


  1. We mixed the gelatin powder and the water. Stired until the mixture thickens like a glue.
  2. We heated the mixture on high heat. When the preparation become liquid again, added the glycerin.
  3. We Added the activated charcoal and stired.
  4. We pourred the preparation on a flat surface
  5. We flattened the material on the surface
  6. After 1 day it was dry we tested it conductivity as in the video :
Gelatin with Activated charcoal
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Agar | Gelatin bioplastic AgGe01

We followed the following recepi : Agar | Gelatin bioplastic AgGe01


  1. Agar agar 1 Tablespoon
  2. Glycerol 1.5 Tablespoon
  3. Water 2 Cups
  4. Gelatin 20G
  5. 1 teaspoon of Oxyde of Iron Red
  6. Activated charcoal 1G
  7. Bleu of methylene 1 teaspoon


  1. We added the gelatin, agar, and glycerol to a pot and stir until combined.
  2. We added the amount of water and boiled and stirred until the agar and gelatin dissolve completely.
  3. We added the iron
  4. Once the mixture is warm, we pourred half into the mold with only the iron
  5. we then added the activated charcoal, stirred and we pourred half into the mold
  6. We then added to the mix with the iron and the charcoal, bleu of methylene
Agar Gelatin with iron and activated charcoal
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Xanthane biomaterial

We redid exatly the same recipe than the cornstach replacing it by Xanthane and added 1 teaspoon of Bleu of methylene to it :


Composition and naming of the experimentations :

The final composition of the ensemble of experimentations that we did is here :


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Last update: 2021-12-17