Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1996, Clara Acioli is an artist and product design student at School of Fine Arts from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), researcher at NANO lab (Arts and New Organisms Nucleus), also from UFRJ. Researches biomaterials, such as kombucha biofilm and other biodegradable bioplastics; both for arts and products applications. In the beginning of 2019 started the graduation project focused on the cassava starch bioplastic, thinking on alternatives for the petroleum based plastic. Is searching and testing different textures and aspects, 3d forms, production methods, consistency, durability and the possibilities of the material.
• The first step is to colect the materials, barks that are already going out from the trunk and seeds, fruits and leafs from the floor.
• After that you need to prepare your raw material, separate the part you want to use, wash it, let it dry and then choose if you want it entire, in pieces, ground or in powder. To crush it or make it powdered, you need a grinder (or a mortar) and a strainer.
• The next step is to weight the ingredients, put all of them together in a bowl and mix it until it is the most homogenous possible (here goes the material you selected in the previous step, the cassava starch, glycerin, vinegar and water).
• Then you cook it in a pan until it goes sticky and changes color (homogeneously)
• The next step is to arrange it in a form or shape of desire, you need to pour it carefully to avoid bubbles and if needed straighten with a spreader.
• Let it dry. The time needed for this step depends on the size and thickness of your bioplastic and the weather or climate conditions of the place. If it is a small and thin piece in a dry and sunny weather it will take less time then if it is a big and thick piece in a wet and rainy weather.
• The last step is to carefully take the bioplastic out of the shape.
• Cellphone case