Neffa / Aniela Hoitink
The purpose of MycoTEX was to create a textile out of living material and to develop a real garment out of it. Aniela started by combining mycelia with textiles, in order to create flexible composite products. But during the research process she developed a method for retaining flexibility without using traditional textile materials, but only pure mycelia. Building the textile out of modules provided a number of relevant benefits. Repair and replacement of the garment are easy and do not interfere with the look of the fabric. The garment can be built three-dimensionally and shaped while being made, to suit the wearer’s wishes. Thus it is possible to adjust its length or to add elements. This allows growth of just the right amount of material needed, eliminating any potential waste during the production process. Once the garment is no longer in use it can easily be composted, making it possible to completely rethink future possibilities for fashion items.
Project credits: NEFFA; Universiteit Utrecht; Officina Corpuscoli; Mediamatic
This project is presented in the framework of the European Digital Art and Science Network and co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union.