master's of Creative Technologies, AUT
“Biomaterials: Bio Leather” is a curation of Claudine Nalesu’s Masters research into how biomaterials can be used to create eco-friendly, sustainable art installations. Bio Leather is a biomaterial made from bacterial cellulose from the drink Kombucha, also known as a SCOBY. This by-product from Kombucha, once dried, turns into a material similar to leather, hence adopting the name Bio Leather. The project features samples ranging from a variety of different growing and drying techniques of the biomaterial, to samples mixing textiles such as bacterial cellulose (SCOBY) growing through silk fibres.
Along with these samples is an installation to combine Claudine’s research into a final artefact to tie to her practice of art installations.
wHO AM I?
Claudine is a Creative Technologist who specializes in interactive art installations and is currently completing her Masters of Creative Technology at AUT. Her research involves exploring how biomaterials can be used to create sustainable art installations since the nature of her projects are short-term and often lead to disposal due to their larger size. For the past year, Claudine has been growing and analysing how the biomaterial ‘bio-leather’ works and how it can be manipulated to have different characteristics in both colour and texture. Claudine is passionate about continuing her research and educating our future designers into material practice.