Valentina is a material designer and researcher currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Textiles at the Royal College of Art. In a quest to reconnect humans to nature while living in a highly urbanised environment, Valentina explores the possibility of mycelium and its surface applications.
During her residency at the lab Valentina will be experimenting with various substrates and fungi species, with an aim to achieve colorful surfaces, which are at the same time completely compostable at the end of their life span. Utilising concepts streaming from circular economy, she focuses on designing with waste as well as using it as a pigment to dye and finish her materials. Her ethos as a designer is not simply settling for partially sustainable materials but to be radical in creating products that will solve the problem of wastage in the design industry. Her designs could be applicable to a range of purposes from interiors to products and transportation.
Midushi is a product designer and material researcher who is pursuing her master’s degree in Industrial Design at Central St. Martins UAL. Her material driven approach to product design has lead her to Green Lab where she is attempting to concoct sustainable materials derived from sea and wasteful everyday resources and translate them into commercial products.
She is experimenting with agar- agar, chitosan, eggshells, food processing waste etc. with a circular economy framework as a base. With a focus on seaweed-based materials, she aims at solving the single-use plastic problem by starting with most mundane yet functional objects- disposable cutlery. She believes that playing with typologies that are so familiar she can bring about acceptance and popularity towards a new aesthetic thus opening up the possibilities of producing more products that don’t end up in landfills and degrade naturally.
GrowUp Community Farms
GrowUp Community Farms engage, educate and inspire communities about sustainable food production and help people make informed decisions about the food they buy and eat. They produce sustainable fresh fish, salads and herbs in cities using a combination of aquaponic and vertical growing technologies.
They have joined the lab to install aquaponics installations and grow in the space. Throughout there time here they will be hosting there aquaponics workshops and training courses in the lab – to take part and learn about aquaponics sign up to one of there events here.