Living Colour is a collective biodesign project exploring the possibilities of natural textile dyeing with bacteria that produce pigment.
We explore an alternative to toxic artificial textile dyes as well as a new natural aesthetic. The pigments found in some bacteria are biodegradable and friendly to humans, animals and the environment. Our natural colours are truly alive, just like the organisms that produce them.
Growing bacteria as a dye factory can lead to a more sustainable way to colour the world.
Meet the designers
Textile & Surface Designer and studio owner at Kukka
Fashion Designer and studio owner at Studio Ilfa Siebenhaar
LIVING COLOUR PUBLICATION
Read more about our cymatics research project and dyeing process in this open-source publication, available for free on Issuu.
DESIGN TO FADE
Watch the video (short) of our 2020 project Design to Fade, in collaboration with PUMA Innovation. For full video see experiments.
Watch the video of our TEDx talk in Rotterdam in april 2019 "Rethinking the way we colour our clothes".
THE FUTURE OF LIVING MATERIALS
Watch the video of our 2018 project The Future of Living Materials, in collaboration with ArtEZ CoE Future Makers and Wageningen University & Research.