‘Nature is a perfect example of an iterative design process. It is inspiring and full of exciting solutions.’
Clarice Risseeuw is a researcher within the Biobased Art and Design research group
Clarice studied Industrial Design Engineering (BSc) at TU Delft. During her studies she developed an interest in sustainable design, which motivated her to follow a course on the circular economy and a master physics course on renewable energy sources during her exchange program in Norway. At the NTNU she also followed a course called Design in Wood, which reminded her why she decided as a 10-year-old that she wanted to study Industrial Design Engineering: the fact that she, besides working with her brain, loves to work with her hands.
She proceeded her studies with Integrated Product Design (MSc), during which she was more and more attracted to bio design since this was the perfect way to combine her passions for design and nature. Her graduation project focused on Flavobacteria, a potential sustainable alternative to the colouring industry. During this project she characterized, captured and communicated Flavobacteria’s unique, iridescent and temporal appearance.
Afterwards she joined the Biobased Art and Design research group to continue her research on Flavobacteria in collaboration with Ward Groutars.
Coloured by Flavo
This research is about artists, scientists and bacteria co-developing ‘high-performance colour’ as a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based pigments and dyes.
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.Read more
‘Bacteria, Fungi, Humans, all part of the same experiment.’
‘The dynamic relationship between humans and living artefacts will continue to evolve reciprocally with mutual care.’
‘In my work the concept of time is a recurring theme.’
‘It is through the “not-knowing” that a stimulating and caring environment can be created to confidently share vulnerability.’
‘The pleasure of working in the [MI] lab is that microbiological research is carried out from two different approaches.’
‘I’m interested in how we can implement situated learning within design education.’
‘I’m interested in harnessing the ingenuity of biological organisms to solve today and tomorrow's problems. ’
‘The ultimate goal is to enable people to improve their lives, making them more enjoyable and comfortable.’
‘Exploring and integrating novel perspectives to our everyday through the eyes of fungi.’
‘I am eager to explore how unique qualities of ‘living materials’ can transform the way we think, feel and act.’