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Biotextiles: Grow your own materials for fashion design

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140 32nd St.

Suite 108

Brooklyn, NY 11232

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TWO-PART COURSE: Monday, October 9 and Friday, October 13 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today’s biolab is becoming tomorrow’s design studio. Fashion designers have grown materials, garments and accessories from bacteria, yeast, fungi, human bone, synthetic spider silk, and more. In this two-part introduction to biotextiles, you’ll learn how to grow fabrics from microbes and then use natural and bioengineered bacteria to dye them.

Our Biotextiles course is a perfect introduction to the latest breakthroughs in fashion and biology and a great way to learn how to start growing your own materials and garments. Participants will work hands-on in the lab to grow individual textile samples, then learn how to print and dye them with bioengineered and naturally colored bacteria.

In the first session, you’ll learn to grow materials and living dyes using microbes. The workshop will be paired with an introduction to biotech in fashion. In the second session, you’ll examine the results and then go over finishing techniques for safe handling of fabrics through sterilization.

Participants will walk away with new skills, knowledge, and ideas in addition to their bacterially printed textile samples.

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Ali Schachtschneider

Ali Schachtschneider is an artist and designer in New York City working at the intersection of fashion and biology. As an artist at Genspace, she explores fashion as an extension of the body by growing biomaterials and garments. Her work has been exhibited at SXStyle, Columbia University, Plaguespace, and Parsons School for Design. She has received awards from the Royal Society of the Arts and has spoken at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and Manufacture New York. She is a graduate of Parsons, the New School for Design in New York.

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