The mycelium incubator is a contained system, which propagates the growth of mycelium. Mycelium is the fast growing hyphae root system of mushrooms, which creates a plastic/foam like material. It can be mixed with waste produce, such as coffee grounds, and grown into forms. By creating bio based alternatives to harmful materials such as plastic, we can enter into a new bio era where we grow what we consume, making us symbiotic with our environment and reducing our negative impact.
Creating materials from waste produced from the Japanese fishing industry
When in Japan it was evident that there was a huge amount of waste produced within the fishing industry. Going to the fish market I was able to collect a huge amount of waste but predominantly it was fish scales and crabshells that were in vast quantities. Both of these raw materials have incredible qualities and materials found within them, so I wanted to create useable forms of these based on the Japanese culture. My first product was a lacquer created from dipping the object in a collagen based liquid derived completely from fish scales. I also created a ceramic using crabshells which were turned into a calcium oxide.
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