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Local Bio-based Materials – Long Edition

Course by Copenhagen’s NATURAL MATERIAL STUDIO (Founded by Bonnie Hvillum) in collaboration with Through Objects. This is a longer course (2months) which includes the theoretical and practical basics taking into consideration the time needed to carry out a well-founded project focused on local biomaterials. From gaining an understanding of fibers, resins, and binders and their interaction, to developing your own materials based on the local resources, these training sessions are meant to change perceptions of waste and materials. The main objective of this course is to give you the right knowledge and tools about biomaterials and provide the support you need to integrate these materials into your working field, artistic vision, or design work. Participants will have access to a shared private group.

DETAILS: 2 Months | Intro session (1:30h) + 8 sessions (2:30h) | All sessions will be recorded and sent to participants | Course completion certificate given by Bonnie Hvillum, course mentor | 620€ (VAT incl.) 10% discount for students.




Introduction (Rita Trindade and Bonnie Hvillum): In this Intro Session, we will all introduce ourselves and start exploring your WHY through a reflective exercise.
Date: January 17 (Monday) at 18:00 CET



Biomaterials Essentials – BioPlastics: In these first sessions, we will be focusing on understanding the different types of biopolymers, plasticizers, and solvents within bioplastics. This will be the center point of our work with biomaterials. They will be technical, experimental (with hands-on exercises) and reflective, finishing with exercises for the coming weeks. Date: January 19 (Wednesday) & January 26 (Wednesday) at 18:00 CET


Biomaterials Essentials – Bio Composites: With our learning points from sessions 1 and 2, we will dive deep into a technical understanding of the composite definition and use it to learn how we can create biocomposites. These sessions will be technical with experimental (hands-on exercises) and experimental homework exercises for the coming weeks. Date: February 2 (Wednesday) & February 9 (Wednesday) at 18:00 CET



Methodology Toolkit: Based on the technical and experimental learnings with bioplastics and bio-composites, we can know start to analyze and understand the properties as well as qualities of the materials we have designed. We will focus on the methodology behind the material-driven design (MDD) and learn how we can apply that to your biomaterials. We will finish with the discussion and the exercise for the coming week (Mood Board Project Template). Date: February 16 (Wednesday) at 18:00 CET


Project applied to your working field: Based on your material designs and your gained in-depth understanding, we can now accelerate your own individual design projects. We will discover your unique position based on your background and working field, and how these new materials could be used in that context. Date: February 23 (Wednesday) at 18:00 CET



Feedback & further development:This session will be focused on individual and group exercises, as well as a reflective talk to set your testing points for the coming week. Date: March 2 (Wednesday) at 18:00 CET



Presentation & Discussion. Date: March 9 (Wednesday) at 18:00 CET

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