Regen Districts aims to build a network of local creatives and businesses to help establish a creative and regenerative circular economy in Thailand, enabling the sourcing of biomass from organic waste to develop local biodegradable artefacts/crafts/designs.
Since open data of biomaterials is still a relatively new concept in Thailand, it is a great opportunity to increase engagement of the international community by co-developing a project with Materiom. Through partnerships with local cafes/restaurants to create materials/objects with organic waste/resources produced within the selected district(s) in Bangkok — via a series of workshops, this collaboration can lead to an impactful action that nourishes local creative processes.
As biomaterials advocates, we believe that knowledge sharing/exchange is imperative. One of our main goals is to empower the community not only to work with sustainable materials but also connect locally and globally — in order to inspire each other collectively.
Anya Muangkote - Founder/Designer 🇹🇭
Anya has a multidisciplinary approach to design, uniting the fields of architecture, music, and product. Her project outcomes have included object, experimentation, system, design fiction, and tool. Recently, she has been focusing on designing for circularity with the endeavour to make sustainability appealing. Her interests lie in the field of algaculture, future food, biomaterials, accessible design, distributed systems, and public participation.
Puncharat Navamongkolchaikij - Intern 🇹🇭
Puncharat is a fashion student who is interested in biomaterials; she endeavors to research and explore these alternatives. Her recent project comprises an experiment and a collection of products made from used coffee grounds; working in various ways to determine how to make them the strongest. She believes that it is possible to reduce global food waste by using biomaterials to make more sustainable products.
Kittithorn Laipornpom - Intern 🇹🇭
As a fashion student, Kittithorn is passionate about developing sustainable directions for the fashion and art industry through her bioplastics experiment. Her project has elevated the value of fashion items; using biomaterials made from gelatin or biodegradable substances, instead of traditional leather or fabrics. In the near future, she is determined to make an art installation from biodegradable materials.
In Collaboration with MATERIOM
Materiom provides open source recipes and data on materials made from abundant sources of natural ingredients, like agricultural waste. Through making this knowledge open, they aim to accelerate materials development and lower barriers to entry in materials markets around the world.
Dr Charlene Smith 🇬🇧
Charlene Smith leads life-friendly chemistry research and application at Materiom. She received her doctorate in Chemistry from The University of Manchester, specialising in the formulation and analysis of single-molecule magnets, through to the applications of nanotechnology. She now divides her time between freelancing at creative design labs and chemistry consulting at material innovation studios. Charlene is also a visiting researcher at the Royal College of Art, working on cross disciplinary projects in collaboration with the School of Design, CERN and Burberry.
Pilar Bolumburu 🇨🇱
Pilar is a materials researcher at Materiom, leading the engagement with digital fabrications networks. She was an interdisciplinary designer at the Universidad Catolica de Chile, a former Director of Technology Learning in Fab Lab Santiago, and a researcher in Open Textiles. She focused on the interaction between design, education and new technologies, to make new technologies more accessible through working on challenges around the circular economy, sustainability and the citizen’s role.
Zoë Powell Best 🇬🇧🇺🇾
Zoë is a materials researcher, designer and lecturer who focuses on materials and processes in collaboration with communities. Over the years she has explored a multitude of biomaterial, digital and craft fabrication techniques, creatively using resources and tools in parallel with circular design strategies. She has taken part in regional and global projects, teaching at various educational institutions and working with startups, community groups, designers, architects, engineers and scientists.