[Week 9_Final] – A Proposal for Biomimicry Fashion

Final Proposal Presentation

Concept: Biophilic Wearable Fashion for the Future.

1. Domains: What are the domains, field(s), discipline(s) and/or medium(s)your project will occupy?

Domain: Wearable Fashion Based on Biomimicry

= Biophilic Fashion


I’ll make wearable fashion or accessories by using 3D printing and electric circuits and sensors. By studying biological organisms’ structure, I’ll create a biomimicry design.


  • Bring human being’s animality to a real space.
  • Mimic Nature’s appearances and efficient structures to create my design.

I decided to take a concept of “Bio-mimicry” for my final project. I’m interested in anatomy of human cells and various microscopic organisms  in nature. I think this project is probably related to my previous research on “Biophilia.” I’ll expand my previous research to “Bio-mimicry” specifically by looking into the structures and anatomies of nature.

We are always living with microscopic organisms like bacteria, cells and microbes. We don’t know how human body works in specific and the anatomy of biological beings. In our urban life, those kinds of nature are neglected and we usually forget their existence by separating the animality with our human being . I’ve also inspired by this article “thacker” that deals with the animality of human nature and our relationship with nature.

The history of Western thought on the topic can be viewed as a continued effort to separate the human from the animal (Aristotle’s description of man as a “political animal”, Descartes’ formulation of the bête machine, the debates surrounding The Descent of Man). The search for the set of characteristics that would definitively separate human from animal often presumes a clear division between the natural and the artificial, or what we would refer to today as biology and technology.

“In this everydayness of the animal, in this quotidian relation we have with animals, we as human beings practise this dual form of orality— communicating and consuming, speaking and eating, word and flesh.

but what of animals that are not everyday? what of human-animal relationships that are far from ordinary, but are rather extraordinary? Of course, exotic animals can also be pets, in which case the exotic becomes everyday. so perhaps a better question to ask is, are there instances in which the human-animal relationship occupies a grey zone in between the everyday and the exceptional, the ordinary and the extraordinary?”

Also, I’m curious about the shapes and structures of very tiny organisms like cells, bacteria, microbes….! I think the structures and patterns can be adapted to biomimicry design. Because I’ve always been fascinated with the structures and patterns of biological organisms, I’ve collected lots of images of cells, microbes, neurons and minerals. Looking into the microbes’ appearances, they have really beautiful patterns and colors like a designed object. I would like mimic their shapes and structures and adapt that features to my design. Also, I think I can make actual objects and prototypes of products and architectures by using 3D modeling and 3D printing technology. I think my tendency to be attracted by nature’s shapes and organisms’ anatomies and structures can be also called as “Biophilia.” (Maybe, I’m a bit of a biophilic person. 😀 )


Q. Nature And Technology: Can The Two Coexist?


2. Precedents: What are three to five works that define this area? Think in terms of technologies, materials, experience, intention and subject domain.

1) Biomimicry Art 

Visual Research for Biomimicry Project (https://www.pinterest.com/plumpplum/cell-biophilia-mapping/)

Cell (Below is real photos of cells.)


Related Artworks: Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley


2. 3D Printing Products and Architectures inspired by Bio Structures

( Chemical Structure / Spirograph / Paramestic) 


-> Adapted Works – 3D Printing, Architecture

Related Works

https://bradleyhudson.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/w13-morphing-skin-concept-development/ (Objects)

https://wewanttolearn.wordpress.com/ (Architecture)


http://www.dezeen.com/2014/10/01/iris-van-herpen-magnetic-motion-spring-summer-2015-fashion-collection-3d-printing-magnets/ (Fashion)

http://www.abhominal.com/ (Art)

https://vimeo.com/channels/syntheticbiostructure (Sculpture)




3D Printing & Products

Visual References : https://www.pinterest.com/plumpplum/3d-printing/

3D Printing / Chemical (Molecular) Structure

Grasshopper (http://www.grasshopper3d.com/)

Grasshopper® is a graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3-D modeling tools. 

3. Fashion Design

Wearable Fashion Tech

E-textiles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-textiles)

E-textiles, also known as smart garments, smart clothing, electronic textiles, smart textiles, or smart fabrics, are fabrics that enable digital components (including small computers), and electronics to be embedded in them.Smart textiles are fabrics that have been developed with new technologies that provide added value to the wearer. Professor Pailes-Friedman of the Pratt Institute states that “what makes smart fabrics revolutionary is that they have the ability to do many things that traditional fabrics cannot, including communicate, transform, conduct energy and even grow”

OLED (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_electronics)
Main article: Organic Light Emitting Diode. An OLED (organic light-emitting diode) consists of a thin film of organic material that emits light under stimulation by an electric current. A typical OLED consists of an anode, a cathode, OLED organic material and a conductive layer.
Kinematics 3d
Related Works
Arduino Circuits & Sensor
LilyPad Arduino

LilyPad is a set of sewable electronic pieces designed to help you build soft interactive textiles. A set of sewable electronic modules–including a small programmable computer called a LilyPad Arduino–can be stitched together with conductive thread to create interactive garments and accessories. LilyPad can sense information about the environment using inputs like light and temperature sensors and can act on the environment with outputs like LED lights, vibrator motors, and speakers. – See more at: http://lilypadarduino.org/#sthash.prPhsMtI.dpuf

tutorial: Sew Electric – Sew Electric is a set of LilyPad Arduino tutorials that brings together craft, electronics, and programming.


fabrickit is a collection of wearable electronic modules, or “bricks”, that make it easy to construct simple or complex wearable projects.Bricks connect to each other with a flexible, 3-wire conductive fabric ribbon. The fabrickit-bricks-and-ribbon approach streamlines the construction of wearable projects, making them more reliable, attractive and ready-to-wear.


FLORA is Adafruit’s fully-featured wearable electronics platform. It’s a round, sewable, Arduino-compatible microcontroller designed to empower amazing wearables projects. FLORA comes with Adafruit’s support, tutorials and projects. Check out dozens of FLORA tutorials on the Adafruit Learning System, with more added every week by Becky Stern, director of wearable electronics, and our dedicated wearables staff.


Wearable Material Shop – Adafruit (https://www.adafruit.com/search?q=wearable&b=1)

Smart Textile


Optical fiber

An optical fiber (or optical fibre) is a flexible, transparent fiber made by drawing glass (silica) or plastic to a diameter slightly thicker than that of a human hair.[1] Optical fibers are used most often as a means to transmit light between the two ends of the fiber and find wide usage in fiber-optic communications, where they permit transmission over longer distances and at higher bandwidths (data rates) than wire cables. Fibers are used instead of metal wires because signals travel along them with lesser amounts of loss; in addition, fibers are also immune toelectromagnetic interference, a problem which metal wires suffer from excessively.[2][2] Fibers are also used for illumination, and are wrapped in bundles so that they may be used to carry images, thus allowing viewing in confined spaces, as in the case of a fiberscope.[3] Specially designed fibers are also used for a variety of other applications, some of them being fiber optic sensors and fiber lasers.[4]

Wearable Fashion Precedents






Retro Futurism

Audiences + Contexts: For whom is this kind of work created? Where is it experienced?

: People in the near future.

I suggest fashion design of the future. I imagine the near future when people and nature are harmonized in biophilic cities.

They will live in buildings which are constructed as biophilic design, coexisting with nature.

Process: How will you go about conceptualizing, designing and producing your project?

Prototyping (First Attempt – Practice for Rhino)Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 9.29.30 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-22 at 9.07.00 PM

Color pattern Inspiration by Nature

Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 9.56.50 PM


PrecedentsScreen Shot 2015-10-24 at 10.00.04 PM

Research Question: Given the research you have conducted, what is the question you hope to investigate through your Final Project?

Q. What can be the future fashion design for the age that human coexist with nature?

Q. which the human-animal relationship occupies a grey zone in between the everyday and the exceptional, the ordinary and the extraordinary?

Author: Jiyeon Kang (Jenny)

MFA Student of Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design dreamealist@gmail.com

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