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Growing Cultures: An Introduction to Bio-Materials

Discover the potential of grown and bio-designed materials in this hands-on workshop led by MaterialDriven.

What to expect

From their emergence in DIY culture to investor funded research, grown and bio-designed materials are creating new futures for design. Fungi, composites of food waste and spun materials drawn from algae are just some of the leading innovations being developed by designers, makers and scientists in this area.

This half-day workshop will provide an introduction to the world of bio-materials, through handling sessions, presentations and group discussion. Participants will cover a range of current research and innovative projects spanning emergent material makers to established industrial initiatives.

Led by innovation consultancy MaterialDriven, participants will learn about current research and innovation projects, before growing their own bio-materials, with a chance to see and test potential results. At the end of the session you will take away a recipe book and live prototype to keep evolving after the workshop.

Lizzie Hall, Banana Lab

Lizzie Hall, Banana Lab

AlgiKnit.Testing and Experimentation for Bioyarn

Biohm. Mycellium Composite

Biohm.Mycellium Composite


Purva Chawla

Purva is an architect and founder of innovation consultancy, MaterialDriven. Her work is driven by an interest in design education, design thinking and production models geared to the Circular Economy.

Adele Orcajada

With a background in craft and fashion, Adele is an experienced Materials Librarian and Curator, creating immersive exhibitions and programs that connect designers and creatives with emerging material makers.

Ehab Sayed

Founder and Director of Innovation at Biohm and PhD Candidate at Northumbria University, Ehab, is a sustainable designer, engineer, circular economy strategist and built environment innovator with a passion for creating a biomimetic (nature-inspired) future that meets our environmental, economic and human needs.

Lizzie Hall

As both designer and maker, Lizzie takes a hands-on approach to finding new design solutions focusing on the elimination of waste and promoting a sustainable future through innovation and education.

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Adult: £35
Student/Concession: £25
Members: £25

Background image : AlgiKnit. Bioyarn