Printing Algae, Fungi and Contaminations

Biotalk 10 - with Studio Blond&Bieber, Tessa Kuipers, Tamara Hoogeweegen and Nienke Hoogvliet

20 May 2015

What happens if we use micro-organisms for printing? Currently new sustainable materials in fashion are being researched. But also the aesthetic and creative potential is being explored. Can you use the beautiful colors that fungi create? What if you use algae for textile printing? And is there beauty in contaminations?

Door open at 20.00, talks start at 20:30


Tessa Kuipers showing the contents of her Fungi Fest Box - During her presentation, Tessa Kuipers showed the audience the possibilities that can be explored with fungi through the toolbox she designed, the Fungi Fest Box. Here she is showing the contents of the box. Xiang Yu Yeung

Rasa Weber / Studio Blond&Bieber

There is a huge potential in micro algae that is already explored in natural sciences for quite some time. However the creative value and application of this resource is still mostly undiscovered land. Essi and Rasa are studio Blond&Bieber and wanted to investigate this. They developed Algaemy, an analogue textile printer which does not require additional energy or material apart from man power and the micro algae itself.


Rasa Weber speaking about Algaemy - Rasa Weber of the Berlin design duo Blond&Bieber speaking about their project involving printing algae on textiles, Algaemy, during the Biotalk. Xiang Yu Yeung

Tessa Kuipers

Get creative with fungi! That's what Tessa Kuipers tries to get across with her Fungi Fest. The box is a concept for a toolbox making it possible to create graphics with the natural colors of fungi such as shiitake, yellow and grey oyster mushroom. This way she intends to encourage using fungi natural properties for a design purpose.


Tessa Kuipers speaking about the Fungifest-box - Xiang Yu Yeung

Tamara Hoogeweegen

Tamara's work focusses on the use of biotechnology in the world of textiles and fashion. Bacterial Patterns is a project that transfers colors and patterns from bacteria on to textiles. We humans carry over 100,000 billion bacteria on our body, Tamara sees this as a great tool to make highly personalized prints. The bacteria, or in some cases contaminations, grow on a petridish creating beautiful patterns making each design unique.


Copy: Tessa Kuipers speaking about the Fungifest-box - Xiang Yu Yeung

Nienke Hoogvliet

With her work Nienke tries to raise awareness for issues such as natural materials and sustainable production processes. For the project SEA ME she looked into seaweed as the yarn of the future textile industry. Her latest project is a continuation on SEA ME concerning a waste product of the fishing industry: fish skin. The fish skin from salmons is transformed into a leather fabric.


Copy: Tessa Kuipers speaking about the Fungifest-box - Xiang Yu Yeung


Biotalk: Printing Algae, Fungi and Contaminations
Wednesday 20 may
Biotoop Mediamatic, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Doors open: 20.00
Talks start at 20:30
Tickets: €8,50 (this includes the Mediamatic membership, for members it's only €3,50)

Students get discount! As student you only pay €5,-. Use the discount code 'biotex' at the checkout. Note that we will ask for your studentcard at the ticketservice!


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