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Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus. Recently it has been used in combination with organic waste to create a new bio-based, renewable, home-compostable material that can replace plastics and other similar materials.
In this workshop we will learn the background and uses of Mycelium, its applications for artists, designers, and architects, and how to work with it as a material. Participants will create a mixture of mycelia, agricultural waste and starch and learn how to grow it to create forms and serve different uses.
Jeff Betts is the design and development lead at Ecovative, a biomaterials company that creates environmentally friendly, sustainable materials. Over the last two years Jeff helped to patent the high density mushroom material replacement for MDF and Particleboard, known as MycoBoard. He is currently leading new product applications development and the GIY (Grow It Yourself) program.