In March, I joined a team of fashion students at The Fashion Institute of Technology, with the shared goal of developing a new, more ecological and sustainable textile. Tessa Callaghan, then my coworker at Final Frontier Design, introduced me to Gian Cui and Aleksandra Gosiewski. The four of us, along with our advisers, Asta Skocir, Theanne Schiros, Sass Brown, CJ Yeh, developed a mono-filament 'bio-yarn', made from mostly water and alginate, a biopolymer derived from kelp, a type of seaweed, which is one of the fastest growing organisms on Earth.
After weeks of experimentation and mistrials, we found a way to cross link alginate molecules to form a mono-filament when extruded from a syringe. At the same time we experimented with natural dyes.
We presented our work at the Biodesign Challenge Summit, hosted by MOMA in New York, on June 25th, 2016, and were selected as the winners by the panel of twelve judges.