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