Artists and designers are driven to creation – from maker to material – this relationship flourishes when the hand, mind and tangible medium meet. starter culture is a tool for experimentation and learning, presented in the form of a ready-to-use kit. The aim of starter culture is to disperse the opportunity to research biomaterials.
Kerasynth is a synthetic, bio-material that can replace keratin-based animal fibers. The complex protein and fiber structure of wool inspired us to find a way to grow wool without sheep. We utilize tissue engineering to grow wool Hair Follicle Germ (HFG) cells on microfluidic devices designed to provide the cells with nutrients and remove waste. The subsequent wool could then be harvested and processed or remain on the microfluidic device.