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Workshop 14: Bioplastics
Saturday, 5 May 2012 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
A hands-on 4 hours of bioplastic fun. We will tackle how to make bioplastics out of everyday household ingredients, peeking into the world of making your own materials from scratch. We will delve into starch plastics and protein based plastics - experimenting with using moulds, coating materials and creating composites. Workshop lead: Stephanie Phillips
Bio: Stephanie Phillips
Stephanie Phillips is a textile designer focusing on material sustainability and is a bit of a bioplastic fanatic.
Prior to working on sustainability, she was a textile and surface designer in fashion and home decor - working for some of Canada's biggest brands. Through this experience, she became aware of some of the massive ecological issues in regards to textile production, and decided to go and do something about it. She graduated with a Masters of Arts from Central Saint Martins College in London in Textile Futures, and focused on sustainable solutions for fashion and textiles.
Currently she splits her time between teaching, commercial design, design research and trend forecasting - attempting to find balance and insight into the world from as many angles as possible.
The ThingTank Lab is an open, community based collaborative ideation lab. This ideation lab is a place where the exploration, experimentation, and exchange of ideas are developed towards the building of “things”. The things our lab is most interested in are those emerging through the continuing revolution of data driven goods and services, what is notionally discussed as being the “Internet of things”. The next generation of digital content products and services have distributed and diverse modes of interaction where websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user’s experience: smart meters or wearable electronics, for example, connect the real world of objects to online digital networks of data. These digitally enabled networked objects are the Internet of Things.
The lab is fundamentally an interdisciplinary facilitating community. It is the place where the next generation of ideas comes from. Its activities include academics and people from private enterprise as well as sponsoring organizations interested in alternative pre-competitive techniques of idea generation related to building things (and their networks) that address real world problems.
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