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# 2018

This is grown

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Grow your own shoes

This is grown is a shoe partly made of bacteria. The project demonstrates a biological approach to material design that merges modern, industrial textile practice with future biotech principles. The design is based on manipulating the growing process of k. rhaeticus bacteria to employ it in a new form of ‘microbial weaving’. The process optimizes the natural properties of bacterial cellulose to weave a new category of hybrid materials that are strong and lightweight, and allows the potential for entire patterns and products to be designed and grown to shape with little to no waste.

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