Material

Plant root

By

Made in

Biodegradable 244 Plant-based 178 Textile 96

Plant root
Plant root
Plant root
Plant root
Plant root
Plant root

Photos: Diana Scherer

InterWoven - Plant root weaving

In the project, Interwoven, the natural network of the root system turns into a textile-like material.

Using templates as moulds, the roots are channelled, forming the new material. During the growth process, the roots conform to the patterns and the root material weaves or braids itself. The material is biologically manufactured and degradable. It is created from subterranean living biomass, which continues to produce itself as long as there are enough nutrients, light and warmth. CO2 storage in living biomass is seen as one of the ways to reduce CO2 concentration. Plants absorb CO2 and fix the carbon in organic compounds.

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Ingredients

Plant root

Credits

Bank Giro Lotterijfonds

Physical samples

  • 0074-1

Accessible to participants at the Jan van Eyck Academie and during Open Studios.