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CIC ArtWeek: Biomaterials Workshop

  • CIC Boston, Anchor, 1st Floor 121 Devonshire Street Boston, MA, 02108 United States (map)

About the event:

Join Materiom Boston, in partnership with Fab@CIC, to create materials recipes from the abundant natural resources local to the Boston ecosystem. In this special ArtWeek edition of our weekend workshop series, Materiom Boston will guide you through the processes of making and using biomaterials in one jam-packed Bio-palooza! Participants will have the opportunity to make a materials recipe using locally sourced ingredients (mussel shells, coffee, and orange peels), as well as to transform the materials using fabrication tools to create beautiful and useful things such as reusable bags, tiles, and molds.

No formal science or maker experience is required! All you need is an open mind, a strong sense of curiosity, and a willingness to get a little sticky.

More about Biomaterials Working Group:

Fablabs around the world use tons of plastic, imported wood, and other materials with a substantial carbon footprint -- for single-use purposes. Even though some (small bits) of it can be recycled, that process is energy intensive and often requires inputs of virgin materials. What if we could make our own consumables that were biodegradable and sourced almost literally from our backyards?

Over the next several months, the Materiom Boston Biomaterials working group will be sampling, refining and documenting recipes using ingredients local to Boston. We’ll collaborate with other similarly minded groups who are undertaking the same challenge in their corners of the world. Our process will be an experiment in community-based science and will culminate in applying our materials to a public art project in Boston next summer. The working group is open to anyone who is interested in pushing forward sustainable materials in a collaborative way!

Check out a sampling of biomaterials recipes at