Design research & practice through collaboration in the material science laboratory
Miriam Ribul on her Design Residency at SP Technical Research, Institute of Sweden, March and April 2016.
LDoc PhD student Miriam Ribul, Textiles Environment Design, University of the Arts London, received a funding award from the AHRC’s Student Development Fund (SDF) towards a design residency in the material science laboratory at SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. Miriam’s practice-based PhD explores the role of design research and practice in the scientific development of regenerated materials in a circular economy through design interventions at the raw material stage of regenerated cellulose in the science laboratory. The residency, during March and April 2016, was key for the development of the practice-based elements of the research. In this residency, Miriam collaborated with Dr Hanna de la Motte, a research scientist in bio-based materials who leads projects concerned with end of life and recycling issues of materials.
The residency provided opportunities for access to specialist knowledge of regenerated materials and for the development of a model for collaboration between design and science. As a designer in residence at SP, an institute specialising in the dissolution and regeneration of cellulose, Miriam had unique access to observe and participate in the scientific processes concerned with materials at the end and beginning of the lifecycle.