Bioplastics & Mycelium
︎ Creator: Avantika Velho
︎ Supervisors: Jennifer Bissonnette & Peter Yeadon
This study examines natural dyes and two biomaterials: bioplastics and mycelium. Various bioplastics were created with a variety of ingredients, including milk and chlorophyll, in order to produce materials with diverse properties. The bioplastics study was primarily interested in changes in: strength, appearance, and solubility in water.
Mycoflex, a pure mycelium foam, was explored in various forms, using pressure, dyes, and water to change its shape and appearance. When shaped by hand and dried, it can be sanded down in a manner similar to Extruded Polystyrene Foam (blue foam board).