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Rachel Pringle

Research Group: Biobased Art and Design

‘I’m interested in harnessing the ingenuity of biological organisms to solve today and tomorrow's problems. ’

Rachel Pringle is an intern within the Biobased Art and Design research group 

In 2018, Rachel graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, USA with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and minor in chemistry. During her undergrad, she participated in various fields of biological research such as animal behaviour at the Institute of Biology Leiden in the Netherlands and sustainable plant biotechnology at the Biodiscovery Institute within the University of North Texas. Finding that her passion was in ecological sciences focusing on sustainability and environmental ethics, she began her masters degree in biology with a specialization in biodiversity and sustainability at Leiden University in 2019. Beginning in early 2020, she completed a research project at Naturalis Biodiversity Centre under the supervision of Dr. Jorinde Nuytinck who is a mycologist in the Understanding Evolution research group. Combining both her love for mycology and biodiversity, she used DNA metabarcoding to analyze fungal species in the historic grasslands of Southern Limburg with the objective of determining which management methods best promoted fungal diversity. After the completion of this project, she wanted to continue working with fungi in a creative capacity that combined both biotechnology and artistic expression. Now, her research is focused on the growth and development of mycelium-based materials and how they can be modified and observed through the use of acoustic activity. This project is under the supervision of Wasabii Ng and Dr. Elvin Karana. She hopes to continue in this field of research and explore how relationships between humans and biological organisms can be enriched through biomaterial design. 

Out Of Tune: Living With Cacophony

This research project investigates the visual, auditive, and tactile qualities of mycelium. 

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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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‘Exploring and integrating novel perspectives to our everyday through the eyes of fungi.’

Wasabii Ng arrow

‘The dynamic relationship between humans and living artefacts will continue to evolve reciprocally with mutual care.’

Elvin Karana arrow

‘It is through the “not-knowing” that a stimulating and caring environment can be created to confidently share vulnerability.’

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‘Bacteria, Fungi, Humans, all part of the same experiment.’

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‘The pleasure of working in the [MI] lab is that microbiological research is carried out from two different approaches.’

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‘I’m interested in how we can implement situated learning within design education.’

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‘The ultimate goal is to enable people to improve their lives, making them more enjoyable and comfortable.’

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‘I am eager to explore how unique qualities of ‘living materials’ can transform the way we think, feel and act.’

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‘Nature is a perfect example of an iterative design process. It is inspiring and full of exciting solutions.’

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