Liene Kazaka is a recent graduate of MA Material Futures course in Central St Martins who works with living systems to find new and sustainable material innovations.
Myco Colour is sustainable textile dyeing process of growing pigment producing fungi directly on materials.
Blue elf cup fungi can release a turquoise pigment into the object it is growing on- a property that holds a promise to completely eliminate the use of all chemicals in the textile dyeing process. Blue-green pigment produced by the mushroom has shown equal colourfastness measurements to commercial dyes allowing to imagine future where fabric is coloured solely by living organisms.
This method has the potential to revolutionise not only industrial material finishing methods but also the cultural perception of colour, and could renew our connection with and appreciation of nature.