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MaDe Participant

Greta D’Alessandro

OO-fiber (Opuntia Olia Fiber)

I’m a product designer interested in Biomaterials. I’ve discovered the project possibility through the fading of naturals matter and I’ve made my personal project brief. During my bachelor thesis in 2017 at PoliMi, I’ve developed three dierent projects using biomaterials. In 2018-2019 I’ve followed Fabricademy and used some of the biomaterials DIY knowledge to make a part of an evolving dress.

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Material Qualities
Color: brownish tones
Soft / hard: hard, exible in ber direction
Shiny / matt: matt
Smells: olive and terrain smell
Texture: reticular, root like structure
Material Recipe
30g sansa /olive pomice
200g water
30g rice starch
10g agar powder
20 ml vinegar
10 ml glycerine
+ prickly pear ber
Material Application
- fashion accessories, jackets or bags
- as a wall fabric
- for insulation, decorative and soundproong panel
- packaging
- forniture and lampshade fabric
Material Narrative
For the development of this material I wanted to make a reection on the potential of the area where I come from, Puglia (southern Italy). It is the Italian region with the highest oil production quantity. I have analyzed the possible raw materials that are currently an industrial food waste and try to insert it as an ingredient of a biomaterial.
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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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