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 lead the systematic experimenting at the same time when we created a color palette with living microorganisms.
Within this project we’ll be extracting pigments out of bacteria and fungi to get new sustainable colors that are environmentally friendly. These colorants and dyes are sustainable alternatives for synthetic and plant based colorant, since they could be industrially scalable.
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