Meeting with Hannah Clement
Hannah is a technical demonstrator in the textile department. She has experience in natural biodegradable materials and knows her way around the material lab and textile studio.
She began by asking about my project and instantly suggested the use of wool for the upper, in their department wool is successful in combining with other materials and being bio degradable. As is bio degrades it releases nitrogen into the soil which helps the nutrients. As for the sole she thought of bio plastic, bioplastic is just a bit more difficult to find out whether it is biodegradable or not and will need testing.
She showed us the facilities and welcomed us to use the space to begin product testings and getting inducted in any areas that would be helpful. She runs inductions on felt looms and weaving in the fab lab.
Pine needle pressing, wool- short staple wool fibres, felting.
She also mentioned the help of Carol Jess who is knowledgable with a program called ‘acumark’ that can be used to design patterns in textiles.
She showed us a range in materials possible using Gelotine, Glicerin and starch…