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Local Bio-based Materials Second Edition

After a successful first edition of the ‘Local Bio-based Materials’ course, we decided to open another edition in collaboration with Copenhagen’s NATURAL MATERIAL STUDIO by Bonnie Hvillum. In this second course, we created an additional session with personal mentoring (5th session) allowing the projects to have a more detailed follow-up. From gaining an understanding of fibers, resins, and binders and their interaction, to develop 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 & PRICE: Maximum 8 participants | Intro session (1:30h) + 5 sessions (2:30h) + Personal Mentoring (1 session) | All sessions will be recorded and sent to participants | Course completion certificate given by Bonnie Hvillum, course mentor | Final Price/Participant: 360€




Introduction (Rita Trindade and Bonnie Hvillum): In this Intro Session, we will all introduce ourselves and start exploring your WHY through a reflective exercise.
September 20 (Monday) at 18:00 CEST – 1:30h



Biomaterials Essentials – BioPlastics: In this first session, 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. The session will be technical, experimental (with a hands-on exercise) and reflective, finishing with exercises for the coming week. September 22 (Wednesday) at 18:00 CEST – 2:30h


Biomaterials Essentials – Bio Composites: With our learning points from session 1, we will dive deep into a technical understanding of the composite definition and use it to learn how we can create biocomposites. The session will be technical with experimental (hands-on exercise) and experimental homework exercises for the coming week. September 29 (Wednesday) at 18:00 CEST – 2:30h



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). October 6 (Wednesday) at 18:00 CEST – 2:30h


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. The session will be focused on individual and group exercises, as well as a reflective talk to set your testing points for the coming week. October 13 (Wednesday) at 18:00 CEST – 2:30h



Personal Mentoring: Each participant will have a personal mentoring session with Bonnie Hvillum to discuss the evolution of their Individual Projects. October, 18/20  (Wednesday) at 18:00 CEST – 0:30h



Presentation & Discussion October 27 (Wednesday) at 18:00 CEST – 2:30h

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