Shemakes: Workshop on the creation of innovative biomaterials

Women* studying textile and fashion design, architecture, industrial design, biology or chemical technology are invited to apply for a place at a workshop on the creation of innovative biomaterials.

In this 3-day workshop you will learn how to develop and make innovative biomaterials from natural polymers, kombucha, cellulose and food waste. If you want to find out where and how to start developing and experimenting with your own biomaterials with a view to launching your own environmentally-friendly and responsible production, then this workshop is for you. The appeal of biomaterials lies in their accessibility, diversity, biodegradability, environmental friendliness and, most of all, the role they will play in the future of the textile and clothing industry.

1. Cellulosic Materials Workshop 
/18. 4. online, 23. – 24. 4. 2022 production workshop in Ljubljana/
The first workshop will focus on making materials from cellulose. You will learn how to make cellulosic materials out of kombucha, onion peels, garlic skins, coffee husks, ginger, apple etc. It will be led by Anastasia Pistofidu from the IAAC and co-mentored by Dr Mija Sežun and Dr Igor Karlovits from the Pulp and Paper Institute.

2. Biomaterials Workshop
/16. 5. online, 21. – 22. 5. 2022 production workshop in Ljubljana/
The second workshop will focus on working with biomaterials. You will learn how to make biopolymers with gelatine, agar-agar, sodium alginate, tapioca starch, pine resin, cellulose (CMC). It will be led by Lucrecia Strano a creator of STRANO microfactory and co-mentored by Uroš Novak from the National Institute of Chemistry.
Students can register for one or both workshops.


A separate application must be submitted for each workshop, and the deadline for receipt of applications is 3 April 2022.

*Applications are open to students of all genders, but because the vision of Shemakes is to empower women in the textile and clothing industry, they will have priority in the selection.

Scholarships covering the cost of travel and accommodation for the duration of the production workshop in Ljubljana are available for four participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Kosovo and Turkey.

The successful applicants will be notified by 6 April 2022.

For more information please visit: Innovative Cellulosic and Biomaterials (workshops)

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The workshops will be held in English and are a part of the Shemakes project.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 101006203. The views expressed herein reflect those of the author and the shemakes consortium; the EU/Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained.


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