Yongfan Lu’s collection aims to bioremediate the soil quality for maintaining fashion sustainability. The fashion products are made from living mycelium and casein bioplastic. The living mycelium can clean the petroleum contaminations (TNT, PAHs, and heavy metals) with specific enzymes. The process is named Mycoremediation. And casein bioplastic is the natural nutrient for soil microbes and plants after decomposing as the amino acid. Therefore, soil quality will improve through landfill fashion products at the end of lifespan. The page is the exploration of the living mycelium and casein bioplastic combination.
Mycelium-Casein Pyramid is a specific structure designing for protecting living mycelium while promising the wearability of the product. The pyramid is inspired by the geometric aesthetics from math art while studying the Rhino. I hope to combine natural results and modern design to suit the aesthetics nowadays in the fashion market. The Mycelium-Casein Pyramid hand-stitched with unbleached organic cotton thread; and reinforced by the casein glue.
Casein Bioplastic will change color over time. It looks like leather and is waterproof to some extent. Yongfan Lu tests several methods to test the mechanisms of the new fabric - weaving, threadless linking, pleating, and laser-cutting. The two pieces of fabrics can be weaving and threadless linking by sustainable casein glue without a stitch. The fabric reveals the white casein dots on the surface after laser-cutting. However, It’s difficult to do the pleating on the fabric, because it’s difficult to control the temperature.