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MaDe Finalist

Bianca Streich

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Based in Berlin, Germany Bianca Streich is a Designer who’s body of work focuses on environmental, political, and social issues. During her studies at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam she developed a multifaceted and activistic approach to design. Bianca’s projects are based around material research, social design, and human behaviour change. In her work she thrives to evoke an understanding and acceptance for new alternatives by rethinking the current perception and state of affairs. Her design practice is strongly influenced by contemporary art, science and nature.

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Material Qualities
Color: off white colour (but can be dyed any colour)
Soft / hard: soft
Shiny / matt: matt (by manipulation can be shiny as well)
Smells: fresh menthol smell
Texture: sticky to smooth elastic
Others: changing of texture and appearance according to the thermal variations of the surroundings& waterproof
Material Recipe
recovered chewing gums
+ natural pigments like kurkuma
(the amount depends on the desired saturation)
+ cornstarch
Material Application
- repair gum for electronic cords analogous to mouldable glue
- modeling compound like Play-Doh
- shoe soles or gumboots
- waterproof reusable seals
- outdoor furniture
Material Narrative
Most of the chewing gum on the market are based on synthetic polymers derived from petroleum. Composits such as these do not degrade and tend to litter the urban environment in thousands.
The chewing gum base is water-insoluble and repellend. Elastomers are utilized to maximize the gums elasticity. Even after a long period of time being exposure to the elements, the gum base can be restored to its elastic state.
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MaDe, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Union, aims at boosting talents towards circular economies across Europe partnering with design and cultural institutions, Elisava, Ma-tt-er and Politecnico di Milano.

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