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New Silk: Exploring design-science collaboration for new materials.

Magazine article
Authors Kirsi Niinimäki
Camilla Groth
Pirjo Kääriäinen
Published in Clot magazine
Volume March
Issue 23
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Conservation
Language en
Keywords Design research, interdisciplinary collaboration, arts, new materials, silk
Subject categories Visual Arts, Design, Arts


New Silk is a 4 year material research project conducted at Aalto University aiming to produce new types of silk-like materials in the context of synthetic biology. The project is inspired by how spiders produce their cobweb – a material with properties surpassing existing synthetic materials. The New Silk project combines the knowledge of production of silk proteins with skills in polymer processing and the creative perspective of designers. The aim is to open a new interdisciplinary research path and to lay the foundation for this type of materials design, to be able to envision materials of the far future. The design research component in New Silk aims to construct new knowledge through an experimental approach during early-stage fundamental materials research. This text focuses on moments where people from different disciplines collaborate in an experimental workshop setting.

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