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MaDe Participant

Laura Anne Salter

CA2cified Matter

A BA Textile Design Graduate, curious about everything.
Graduating in 2018, I developed a concern for the direction of the
design industry after seeing linear design cycles whilst working at
My design practice has always been about questioning why things
are a certain way – I hope through the medium of materials we can
develop design for a more positive future, with a playful and
inquisitive adgenda.

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Project Information
Material Qualities
Color: Grey
Fairly soft
Smells slight sea
Texture, very smooth becomes rough
Others: Flexible and water resistant
Material Recipe
20g to 30g - Calcified algae
150ml - Water
3g - Carrageenan
20ml to 70ml - Glycerine
Material Application
The process has similarities to most moulding industrial methods, however does not need to be under pressure.
Depending on the recipe the qualities of the material could led itself to:
1) Furnishing, deck chairs, parasols
2) Packaging
3) Tiling
4) Clothing - jackets/shoes
5) Jewellery
Material Method
Calcification of macro algae is somewhat of a biological mystery. It is unclear of why some species have developed the process of calcification of living cells. But, some studies show that it could be useful for converting in increasingly abundant HCO compounds in seawater into CO2 in order to facilitate the process of photosynthesis in changing marine environments.
Material Narrative
The project is an exploration of the future possibilities of a natural process of mineral deposition into living cells of algae. Acidification of the oceans due to
climate change is an increasing threat to the bio diversity of marine life. It is hard to predict how nature will adapt to to these changes.
My research hopes to explore how these mineral deposits could be developed into a material that could not only replace unsustainable alternatives but
benefit the shifts in biodiversity within the biomass of the earth.
Material Classification
Being an entirely natural the material has the possibility to become part of the ecosphere. Once the object becomes unwanted it can be deposited back into the natural environment. From aiding soils PH balance to being deposited back into marine biomass.
For these initial experiments I have explored a form of calcified algae that is readily available as plant fertiliser. However, in the future I would love to develop a way to sustainably harvest the calcified matter from my own plants.
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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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