An Exploration of Fungi as Craft Material – Combining Traditional Skills and Contemporary Craft

  • Eden Parkes

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy

Abstract

This project reflects on the current state of material production through the collection and analysis of contemporary research into a circular design with a critical focus on how fungi can help aid a change for the better. This research explores the damage and pollution caused by industrialised industries such as textiles; this highlights the need for designers who have helped pave the way for a new sustainable future. Practical experiments test a variety of mushroom species and natural fibres - documenting their durability and flexibility to be used in contemporary craft processes. The project reflects on how sustainable materials can be incorporated into design practices to inform more conscientious making methods and eliminate waste products.
Date of Award2023
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorMartha Glazzard (Supervisor) & Shaleph O'Neill (Supervisor)

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