$150 – $300

Biomaterials Crash Course

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132 32nd Street

Suite 108

Brooklyn, NY 11232

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Class meets on four Sundays: June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14 from 10AM-1PM

Step into the fascinating world of biomaterials in this four-week course. Together we'll explore the unique challenges and exciting possibilities of creating with living organisms.

We will:

  • Grow a paper-like material out of SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), cultivated in Kombucha
  • Work with mycelium, the roots of mushrooms, to grow objects
  • Design elaborate patterns using slime mold and explore their applications for dying textiles
  • Culture and paint with bioluminescence bacteria and foxfire fungi

In addition to learning the practicalities of growing and caring for these microbe-based materials, we'll also discover their applications for art, design, textiles, sustainability and more. Prompts will be provided for specific projects, but each participant will also be free to develop their own concept to build on with each organism used throughout the course. Each person will go home with a variety of their own living creations!

Nikki Romanello was born and raised in Texas. As a kid she spent free time observing and collecting natural artifacts. In high school she was accepted into a four year AP art program. During her first year of college, she worked in a natural science lab where she gained experience with several scientific processes including; lab prep, dissection, and plant cultivation. She received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and a Concentration in Photography at Maryland Institute of College of Art in Baltimore. During her last two years of undergrad she devoted herself to metal sculpture. Her work experience includes the Baltimore Museum of Art, Harris Rubin, New Arts Foundry, and volunteering at the University of Maryland Iron Pour. She graduated with an MFA in Studio Art, majoring in Sculpture from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She worked as a metal department teaching assistant and metal shop technician during her MFA. After graduating she worked for Will Ryman, Robert Lazzarini, and 3rd Ward. She also participated in a one year artist residency at Hot Wood Art Center and had a solo show at the University Science Center in Philadelphia.

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Brooklyn, NY 11232

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