As my Master’s Thesis I studied microorganisms that are able to produce colorful pigments. Within this thesis work I inspected in depth to laboratory working with the biochemistry scientists and as a designer I implemented a series of material experiments together with the microbial produced colorants.
The aim for the project was to understand the microbial produced colorants as a material. Within the thesis project we were extracting pigments out of bacteria and fungi to get new sustainable colorants that are also environmentally friendly. These colorants and dyes could work as sustainable alternatives for synthetic and plant based colorants, that can be applied into various materials. These photos are taken from the material samples that were colored with a pigment that was produced by bacteria.
MATERIALS bacterial and fungal colorants were applied into various materials through experimenting
Textiles with bacterial dye
Different materials with bacterial colorant
Different coatings with bacterial colorant on plywood
Silk colored with bacterial dye with different dyeing method
Material samples with bacterial dye
Cellulose pulp colored with bacterial colorant
PH-level variation with the bacterial colorant
Bacteria Serratia marcescens is able to produce color pigments.
Bacteria was grown in laboratory environment
Pigment diluted in solvent