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Innovative student explorations at the Material Incubator Lab

The Material Incubator lab is our creative research lab where students, researchers, and practitioners collaboratively explore bio-based materials, fostering breakthroughs in art, design, and technology. Recently, fascinating student-led research projects have been conducted in the lab.

Stefani, alongside Erik, interns at MNEXTarrow, delved into the potential of mycelium bio composites. Their research focused on integrating various fibers with mycelium to develop sustainable insulation materials. By testing for sustainability, thermal conductivity, water vapor permeability, and flexural ability, they aimed to create a biocomposite that rivals traditional insulation materials.

Pictures by Stefani & Erik


With her ‘Fungi-Insect Mutualism sculptures’, Mikaela aims to bring attention to the vital organisms beneath our feet. Her handcrafted ceramics showcase insects like the burying beetle, bark beetle, and moth, with mycelium emerging from their structures. This work highlights the mutualistic relationship between fungi and insects, emphasizing their importance in our ecosystem. Visit her instagram page @mikaabluearrow for more information about this project.

Pictures by Mikaela


Both projects underscore the innovative spirit and dedication to sustainability that Caradt champions. These student-led initiatives not only advance our understanding of bio-based materials but also inspire new directions in art and design.


For more information on the Material Incubator, visit Material Incubatorarrow.

Research Group: Biobased Art and Design

The research group Biobased Art and Design capitalises on the role of artistic practice in unlocking the unique potentials of living organisms for everyday materials and communicating these to a broader public. In doing so, the group aims to instigate and accelerate our widespread understanding, further development and usage of such materials. The group’s research approach encourages tangible interactions with the living organisms, such as algae, fungi, plants and bacteria, to explore and understand their unique qualities and constraints through diverse technical and creative methods taking artists, designers and scientists as equal and active partners in the material creation.

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