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From Myth to Material


From Myth to Material: Exploring Mycelium-based Objects Inspired by Ancient Narratives

The project begins with an exploration of ancient myths and legends from diverse cultures around the world, focusing on the symbolism and significance of mushrooms and fungi. Through research and storytelling, we delve into the profound relationship between humans and fungi throughout history, uncovering themes of life, death, renewal, and spiritual connection.

As a child, I was captivated by the enchanting tales of Soma, a sacred plant from Hindu mythology steeped in divine attributes. Revered as a deity associated with the moon, Soma was believed to possess mystical powers capable of granting immortality to those who partook of it. The elaborate rituals surrounding Soma, as depicted in ancient scriptures like the Rigveda, fascinated me and left an indelible mark on my imagination. 

These childhood stories of Soma ignited a deep-seated curiosity within me, driving me to unravel the mysteries of the natural world and delve into the profound symbolism woven into ancient myths and legends. They sparked a lifelong fascination with Hindu mythology and its timeless teachings, inspiring me to explore the rich tapestry of cultural narratives and their potential relevance to contemporary sustainability efforts.

In Phase 1 of the project, I conducted extensive research and established a small incubator lab at home, witnessing the revolution of mycelium-based materials firsthand. Embracing my commitment to sustainability, I personally crafted molds from locally sourced soil, clay, and beeswax, avoiding the use of plastic molds. Through experimentation and observation, I gained valuable insights into mycelium growth and its potential applications.

Operating in the 90 percent humid climate of Cognac, known for ideal conditions for mycelium growth, I aimed to streamline the production process while championing environmental preservation. However, I encountered challenges during the drying process, prompting the need for innovative solutions to ensure optimal results.

Exploring the possibilities of clay and beeswax molds revealed a world of creative potential, offering versatility and championing soil regeneration and biodiversity. Embracing imperfection as a testament to the beauty of uniqueness and nature's resilience, each variation in mycelium growth became a celebration of individuality, infusing the final creations with captivating aesthetic appeal.

As I delved deeper into the possibilities of Clay and Beeswax molds, I uncovered a world of creative potential. These natural materials not only offer versatility but also serve as champions of soil regeneration and biodiversity, reminding us of the interconnectedness of all living things.

In my pursuit of perfection, I embraced imperfection as a testament to the beauty of uniqueness and the resilience of nature. Each variation in mycelium growth became a celebration of individuality, infusing my final creations with a captivating aesthetic appeal.


Phase 2 - I ventured into the creation of nanocomposites using a diverse range of substrates, including coffee waste collected from local coffee shops, eggshell, silk fiber, and organic indigo-dyed textiles. These innovative combinations not only expand the possibilities of nanocomposites but also showcase the versatility and adaptability of mycelium-based materials in addressing environmental challenges. Through rigorous experimentation and testing, I aim to optimize the performance and characteristics of these nanocomposites, paving the way for their widespread adoption in sustainable design.


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