Lizzie Wright
industrial design
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my my

my my

fungi for fast fashion.

 
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sustainability can be sexy.

This project pushes the potential for mycellium in a realm that is rarely touched by the movement for sustainable design; fast fashion. While the ideal solution for "fast fashion" - clothing and accessories that are mass-produced (typically from synthetic materials like polyester, polyvinyl, and acrylic)  and are only used for a short while before they go out of style - is only buy things that last, there is and will continue to be demand for cheap, readily available clothing in vogue.  Not only do these shoes propose a method to make our shopping habits less wasteful, but they aim to challenge the aesthetic of modern couture. 

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 Quick platforms concept sketches

Quick platforms concept sketches

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Process

The greatest challenge was creating a suitable mold in which the mycelium could grow. Once I had a pair of lasts, I made a quick model of the sole before carving a positive out of a block of bass wood.

 
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To vacuum-form accurate parts, the both positives were split into four pieces. Each mold was then filled with a mixture of flax, mycelium spores, flour, and water.

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After about a week the shoe soles had fully formed to the mold. They were then heat-treated to stop growth.

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 Pattern-making for the uppers.

Pattern-making for the uppers.