Can you turn seaweed into clothes?

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The Ross of Mull’s experimental arts hub, Knockvologan Barn near Fionnphort, is hosting a talk on converting seaweed into clothing.

The presentation, titled ‘seaweed as mediator between ocean and land’, will be given by Malu Lücking, a bio-designer involved in the field of sustainable textiles.

Malu, who studied textile and surface design in Berlin, specialises in ‘experimental material research at the interface of design, biology and social activism’, developing ‘exciting and new sustainable material solutions for our future use’.

‘Commercial seaweed farming seems to be just what the world was looking for – the large-scale cultivation of a resource that is beneficial both to the environment and the perfect win-win situation for planet earth as we try to satisfy the insatiable human desire to consume its resources,’ writes organiser Rutger Emmelkamp.

‘But what if in the future seaweed could also become the new cotton for our clothes, the new meat substitute to replace soya and the future fuel to heat our homes and power our industry?

‘Malu Lücking believes there is an urgent need to start such conversations going in order to demonstrate the fact that there is so much more potential for the use of seaweed than for it to be thought of as simply just another resource we extract from the ocean.

‘Malu explores this concept initially by turning seaweed into handcrafted materials after which she will experiment with various digital pathways to reach those who have limited access to nature.’

The talk takes place on Sunday 29 August at 2.30pm.