Textiles 3, Bachelor of Design

What if biomaterials could colour-change adapting to our circumstance?

All my textile samples are made of Gelatine based biofabrics. I used Cyberpunk’s worldview to make a bold assumption about the future: the discharging of unlimited pollution, leading to a future where we’re forced to use biodegradable fabrics to ease things like landfills.

Biological fabrics may not be the only option in the future, but they are certainly the better one. By exploring how to balance the environment and technology, I think the possibility of biological fabrics can be expanded by integrating the techniques of colour changing and light-emitting. If biological fabrics are to be sentient, they can change colour or glow, depending on environmental factors. Such as temperature, UV intensity and so on, they can serve as decoration and remind us of changes in the environment around us. It has great potential to be used in both the fashion industry and interior decoration industry.

As the gelatine based bio-fabric is different from the characteristics of traditional textiles. As a non-woven material, I used thermochromic, photochromic, and electromagnetic field wireless LED induction technology in the experiment to create more applications in the future.

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