Lasting Leaves, Liana Nigri, video, 1' 33''. Courtesy of the artist.
As introduced previously through Lasting Lives, since 2015 I've been working with a living material called biofilm (SCOBY), a cellular material produced through harmless bacteria and yeasts from the fermentation of the probiotic drink Kombucha.
The first time I heard about this material was during my masters degree in 'Textile Futures' at Central Saint Martins where researcher Suzanne Lee started her incredible journey in creating wearables with this technology.
A few years later it was my turn to fall in love with this self growing surface, an ancient culture and generous source of health. As it is made with tea, it is possible to achieve a beautiful range of brownish hues and dry tones that resemble human skin and still life. After the work is finished it remains alive, reacting to its environment by altering tonality and malleability.