Anastasia Pistofidou gave an introduction into biomaterials. She showed previous examples with kombucha, fruitleather, gelatine and agar agar based bioplastics. The easiest material to begin with is gelatine – also the smelliest. The bioplastics adhere well to wood, a wooden frame keeps them stretched out so the basic material can become thinner but not loose its size. The surface underneath is also best plastic, to be able to peel it of.
The bioplastics are made with a particular ratio of gelatine versus glycerine/glycerol. The more glycerol, the more elastic the plastic is. Without glycerol the bioplastics become hard.
What was cooked up:
Some experiments went all frothy – whipped bioplastics
Others were mixed with Bare Conductive
or very fine graphite powder
some have conductive threads in them
others are neoprene plastic tests
Flower patterned table cloth, courtesy of Paillard