Yearly Focus #1 > Biotechnology + Natural Dyeing

Every year, a different theme is identified for the research project, by pairing a scientific subject with a specific textile technique. The yearly focus between November 1, 2020 and October 30, 2021 was set on “Biotechnology and Natural Dyeing”. The practice-led activities included setting up a DIY biotechnology/natual dying workbench in the project’s studio space and conducting hands-on research inspired by conversations with the project’s extra-disciplinary advisor in microbiology, Dr. Lisa Kappel.

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