silcularity describes a process to embed mulberry silk (Bombyx mori) into a circular material cycle. For this purpose, a natural solvent was developed which dissolves silk fibroins from cocoons, mixed fabrics and production residues.
The liquid recycled fibroin can be cured in various forms. For example, the electrospinning process could be used to create new textile surfaces from nanofibers. While the original coloration of the fibroins is retained, the dissolved fiber can be used variably for finishing fabrics and surfaces.
This work was created in the residency living layers for the winter semester 2021/22 in the BioLab of Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule, BURG.
Technique: dissolving, curing, electrospinning
Material: silk (bombyx mori)
Size: 1qcm - 10qcm
Photos: Kim Cordes
A fundamental element of the design, as well as the laboratory work, represents the imagination, processing and documentation of process steps, attempts, experiments, up to possible results. Here we noticed that results are not expectable, but ideally a helpful addition. The principle of "trial and error" dominates and is especially interesting for design research. For us, too, it was crucial not to present pure results, but to put the process of experimentation into the focus of design. As designers we do not bind ourselves to an exact implementation of protocols due to creativity or ignorance. However, for us this does not mean disregarding duties of care, but rather taking a close look at the laboratory process as such and helping to shape it. In this way, material research becomes not only the creative examination of a final product, but in particular the process design.
The developed processes for dissolving & curing fibroins become complementary factors in the material cycle of silks. Thus, the circularity of the product cycle of silk proteins is further enlivened and shall hereby be named Silcularity.
The medical industry shows how fibroins are already used. For textile applications, recycled fibroin offers a decisive potential in textile finishing.
In some first samples it was possible to apply the silk fibroin to fabrics. Techniques such as electrospinning, impregnation and screen printing can be used to generate new surfaces or modify existing ones. In addition to an applied gloss, dyed fibroins also allow to be applied to other fibers like a printing paste or paint.
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