Thursday, Aug. 18th @ 6pm
The Gallery at Industry City
254 36th, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Have you ever imagined growing an object from mushroom mycelium? Don’t know what mushroom mycelium is? No problem, we’ll teach you! Visit the GROW exhibit in The Gallery at Industry City on August 18th @6pm for a hands-on workshop working with Ecovative‘s Mushroom® Materials.
Mushroom Materials are high-performance, environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional plastics. Created by combining locally sourced agricultural byproducts and mushroom mycelium (a living organism), these materials are grown using the power of nature. The Mushroom Materials then achieve a variety of performance properties, making them an innovative and sustainable medium for designers and furniture makers.
Ecovative recently announced its Grow It Yourself (GIY) program, through which curious designers, educators, makers, students, and other innovators to create environmentally friendly, healthy, sustainable designs and products.
Danielle Trofe will lead the workshop, providing a hands-on experience in working with Mushroom Materials. Instructions on how to create custom forms and tooling, as well as tips and tricks on how to grow a successful GIY project, will be demonstrated. Participants will be invited to mold their own objects to finish growing at home. All ages welcome.
About the Exhibit
GROW is an exploration into discovering and implementing new manufacturing processes that take the full life cycle of a product into consideration. By tapping into a unique material science such as mushroom mycelium, we can begin to reimagine a more sustainable future. For the month of August, Danielle Trofe will host a live production, growing a hundred lampshades from mycelium for a custom lighting installation to be featured in the new 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. The exhibit, located in The Gallery at Industry City will be open to the public five days a week, sparking curiosity and providing a hands-on experience with the mushroom material, and growing process, with an aim to encourage us all to reimagine what our goods are made from, how they’re made and where they will ultimately end up.
General Exhibit Information:
August 4- August 30, 2016
M,Tu,Th, F: 9am – 5pm
The Gallery at Industry City, Sunset Park
274 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY
The MushLume lighting collection redefines what interior objects are made from and encourages a departure from conventional materials. All the lamps are GROWN, not manufactured, from mushrooms. Through a partnership with Ecovative Design, we are able to grow lamp shades using their extensive mushroom mycelium research, tested technology and patented growing process. The process starts by taking a rapidly renewable resource, mycelium—the root structures of mushrooms—and combining it with a waste product from the agricultural industry—corn stalk—then, using only the power of nature, we are able to GROW a product that is fully biodegradable, adding nutrients back into the soil at the end of its life.
“By bringing together advancements in material sciences, with timeless techniques of craft production and new schools of thought involving the life of a product, we are able to reinvent and shift an industry into a new paradigm. The Mush-Lume Lighting Collection inspires a new frontier of lighting products that are grown, not manufactured, from natural, sustainable and biodegradable materials.” – Danielle Trofe
About Industry City
Industry City is a 6 million-square-foot collection of warehouse structures situated on the waterfront in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The property’s ownership – led by Belvedere Capital and Jamestown – is actively updating the complex, its amenities and its systems while cultivating a diverse tenant mix that fuses today’s burgeoning innovation economy with traditional manufacturing and artisanal craft. This work is paving the way toward a vibrant and diverse community of forward-thinking companies that support good-paying jobs for workers across skill and experience levels. Since the new partnership was forged in August 2013, employment has increased from 1,900 jobs to 4,500 jobs, including more than 100 positions filled through Industry City’s local employment program. For more information, visit industrycity.com.