Material Explorations : Waste Streams : Talk

Thursday 20th September 2018

Unearthing the materials behind the making

Makerversity announces the last in it’s ‘Material Explorations’ series looking at Waste Streams.

Whilst the world wakes up to how damaging plastics are to our environment, we question what a world without industrial waste would look like. What if we only used locally abundant nutritious materials such as hair and food to create our products? What if we viewed materials as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms instead of future landfil?

Join us in this lively debate led by Material Driven to hear from four Designers exhibiting in Material Explorations : Waste Streams who use Industrial by-products as the starting point in their creations and are spearheading the notion that waste is an untapped abundant resource that should be treasured not trashed.



MaterialDriven is a design and innovation consultancy.
The company focusses on inventive materials, their processes of making, and the creators behind them. Working with both established manufacturers and individual makers, MaterialDriven helps bring technically advanced and specialized materials to the design industry, and supports emerging materials evolve from prototype to product.

Chip[s] Board

Rob Nicoll // Rowan Minkley

Rob Nicoll and Rowan Minkley are co-founders of Chip[s] Board.

Chip[s] Board® is an eco-friendly alternative to chip board and MDF made from potato waste. Unlike its resin based counterparts, Chip[s] Board® is biodegradable post-use and doesn’t contain added formaldehyde or any other toxic resins and chemicals

Isabel fletcher

Isabel Fletcher is an artist based in London who’s work is rooted in the manifestation of the Futurists – clothing is the most powerful way of inserting art into the fabric of daily life. Isabel creates immersive clothing installations that bridge different craft forms and encourage viewers to see beauty in places where others only see function. By working in this way, Isabel aims to change people’s attitudes towards mass manufacture by valuing the objects we surround ourselves with as works of art dotted through our day-to-day lives.

Sanne Visser 

Sanne Visser is a Dutch designer based in London, UK. A material explorer and maker, graduated with the masters Material Futures at Central Saint Martins, UAL. Her main interest as a designer is in material innovation, sustainability and future thinking. The production process is highly important in her work, where craft meets innovation and system design. In her project “The New Age of Trichology,” she looks at how human hair waste can be harnessed as a renewable resource.

Ehab Sayed

Ehab Sayed, Founder and Director of Innovation at Biohm and Researcher at Northumbria University, is a sustainable designer, engineer, circular economy strategist, built environment innovator and Climate-KIC Certified Professional with a passion for creating a biomimetic (nature-inspired) future that meets our environmental, economic and human needs. Through extensive research on the global construction industry, he is developing nature inspired construction systems and materials that champion a transformation towards the integration of biological processes in manufacturing.



Thursday 20th September 2018