Growing Materials

  • Serena Camere (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a workshop, seminar, course or other meeting


This workshop aims to introduce the process of biofabrication, i.e.
the production of materials from biological organisms, for product
design. We will use mycelium (i.e. the ‘root’ system of fungi) to grow
bio-based composites from waste materials and design meaningful
product applications with them. The workshop will combine hands-on
approach, making and simulating the growth of materials, and the use
of research data to inform the design process. Students will be asked
to design products that harness the collaboration between humans and
living organisms, between ‘nature’ and ‘man-made’. The main goal of
the workshop is to reflect upon the ‘aliveness’ of materials and what
design opportunities this brings for product design.
Period18 Dec 201721 Dec 2017
Event title ELISAVA 18th Creative Marathon International Workshops
Event typeWorkshop
LocationBarcelona, Spain
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • material experimentation
  • materials experience
  • biodesign