To experiment with bioplastics, one must first learn how to make this. As there are many recipes to find online, part of this research is to learn about the differences between them. The first tests are done based on starch, gelatin, glycerine and water and we were able to create very thin sheets of bioplastic. We also performed a test combining bioplastic with a textile substrate and added inks like fluorescent and thermochromic to see how they would respond to the bioplastic.
During our “Tribe against machine” residency in Taiwan, Ricardo O’Nascimento and Aniela gave a workshop bioplastic. We used a thicker bioplastic for this workshop based on glycerine, gelatin and water. We combined many materials with it, from using organics like leaves and flowers to using fibers, stones and other materials. We worked with the different colouring techniques and experimented with casting of objects and creating patterns within the bioplastic. Here are some of the results.
Further research has been done on integrating electronics in bioplastic, which has been used to create Atayal eyes. We started simple by integrating conductive yarns to see if they still would conduct electricity after integration and made an antenna which can stuck onto a glass window to be used. We combined conductive wool and graphite powder to make a pressure sensor and added an LED to complete the circuit.