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Unveiling the Future of Eco-conscious Jewellery at the ‘For Love of the World’ Studium Generale of TU Delft

Mycelium Jewellery Set

Last Saturday at the ‘For Love of the World’ Festivalarrow, hosted by TU Delft’s Studium Generale, Caradt’s Situated Art and Design researcher Simone van den Broek, presented several innovative Mycelium jewellery pieces. These Mycelium jewellery pieces are part of the ‘Living Goldarrow‘ research project, aiming to redefine the boundaries of jewellery creation through the sustainable and innovative use of mycelium.

 

In this research project, Simone explores the fusion of nature and craftsmanship by incorporating mycelium (a material known for its versatility and environmental benefits) into goldsmithing. This initiative showcases the potential of bio-based design whilst also promoting sustainable practices within the art, design, and technology sectors.

The ‘For Love of the World’ Studium Generale of TU Delft is an unique event to explore different perspectives on our world, from quantum mechanics and bio-poetics to post-humanism and design, through a diverse program of keynotes, workshops, and interactive art. Simone’s presentation highlighted the festival’s theme of re-imagining our connection with the natural world, emphasizing jewellery’s deep-rooted anthropological significance and its potential for environmental consciousness.

Living Gold

Our new research project Living Gold explores the application of mycelium material in goldsmithing, igniting inspiration and promoting new possibilities for bio-based design. Mycelium, nature’s hidden architect, holds immense potential for creativity and environmental consciousness. By tapping into this abundant resource, we reshape the boundaries of jewellery creation.

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‘The ultimate goal is to provide people with the information, skills and tools that enable them to improve the quality of their daily lives.’

Simone van den Broek is a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group, and a tutor for the Communication & Multimedia Design programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch. 

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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