These Wunderpants were inspired by the anonymous Superheroes and Wonderwomen of the world, who are everyday fighting to save the environment one design at a time.
They have been made from the standard recipe of a gelatin-based Bioplastic, which can have written in our book publication HERE
In addition to this recipe we added wax, which improves the materials hydrophobic properties as well as provides the material with a sheen. The color in this piece was made by blending various acrylic paints directly into the pot while cooking the Bioplastic.
The after the curing time of 3-5 days depending on the thickness, the result is almost a leathery texture.
The flat sheet of Bioplastic is then laser-cut using a pattern designed in Rhino, based on the custom measurement of the mannequin. Then the pieces can be manually assembled. All the connections are seamless using a modular system, in order to eliminate the need for sewing as well as to add detail to the garment.
The Wunderpants are will be exhibited from February – June 2018 as part of the exhibition «What’s next?»: The materials that will shape the future at Materfad at the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona. See the link below: http://es.materfad.com/servicios/11/exposiciones-de-proyectos-y-materiales
Team: Clara Davis, Noor El-Gewely, Aldana Persia, Mohamed Elatab, Anastasia Pistofidou
Activated Charcoal Top
The top was made using the same material and technique as described above. The main difference with this one was that the black color was created by adding activated charcoal to the bioplastic. This also makes the material conductive. The CNC laser cut pattern in this garment creates the openings and draping.
Team: Clara Davis, Anastasia Pistofidou, Mohamad Elatab