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Self-repair fabric project development

We always accidentally damage our cloth in our daily life. Usually people just throw it away and this creates a lot of waste. This is even more common in young children because they are energetic and love to playing and rolling around.  Things also happened in undeveloped countries where people cannot afford for buying new clothes.  We also experienced environmental crisis which created by Fast-fashion. In Australia, more than 500,000 tonnes of textiles and leather end up in landfill each year. This leads us to think: What can we do, as designers and biologists, to make a change of this.

As a result we want to focusing on the topic of design new fabric which can repair itself when it is broken. Though Our group members holds different ideas about why this topic is interesting, like one of the members said this can be to reduce consumptions and decrease the landfill, we all try to think about ways to help the people lived in underdeveloped area to have clothes which is more durable and environment friendly. We also found out another possibility for the application. There is a new recently about a designer called Ryan Yasin, he used his knowledge of aeronautical engineering and develop sustainable clothing to fit babies through to toddlers. During the discussion process we also figured out that we can control the growing direction of the fabric which can regenerated itself” and this can be apply on this situation too, in biology way.

To make all these imaginations become a reality.  Our team member Craig Gilmour found out we can “using a fungi with a knock down of profilin expression, and replacing this with a separate profilin gene that is fused with a secretory tag, and can be induced through a G protein receptor pathway. This could be done by creating another protein fusion protein that is capable of binding to the scaffold, and activating the signal pathway. Hopefully, this should remain stuck to the scaffold without being degraded, triggering expression and secretion of the profilin, enabling growth around the scaffold so that it can self-repair.

Since we are focusing on material and durability, we want to design some belongings for daily life. Through the research we find out there is a designer , Angela Luna, she design a collection of clothes that can change into different use for refugees. 


Which inspired us about what product we can apply our idea in.  So here is a sketch about applying on bags and children trousers(because children love to running around and fell over and broke their trousers).