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Harvest: The Kombucha Project

In collaboration with Peter Musk, Science Catalyst at The Edge, State Library of Queensland, Dean Brough, myself, and first year QUT Fashion students have been experimenting with constructing garments and accessories from kombucha, a flexible curd that grows on a fermented tea solution. When dry the pellicle has the properties of leather and paper, and can be stitched, moulded, glued and manipulated.

Details of manipulating the kombucha textile (Alice Payne)

The students exhibited work for this project at The Edge, State Library of Queensland in 2014-2017.

Dean Brough, Peter Musk and myself exhibited a collection of kombucha bags entitled ‘Harvest: A biotextile future’ at IASDR Interplay conference, Brisbane, November 2015.

Valise with jars of kombucha growing and laser-etched detail (from Harvest by Alice Payne, Dean Brough and Peter Musk)
Briefcase (from Harvest by Alice Payne, Dean Brough and Peter Musk)
Clutch and handbag (from Harvest by Alice Payne, Dean Brough and Peter Musk)

Further reading

2016: Future Tense, ABC Radio National ‘The fabric of future life’ 18 September 2016

2016: Scope TV show, Channel 10, Season 3 Episode 125, ‘Wearable Science’ 19 September 2016 (watch from 3:30).

2016: ABC News Queensland, ‘Queensland designers and scientists are leading…’ 31 July 2016, Facebook video

2015: Asia Pacific Design Library blog post

2014: Creative Cluster blog posts 1

2014: Creative Cluster blog post part 2

2014: ABC online feature


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