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Paula Camiña Eiras
Ma Biodesign

Central Saint Martins UAL

Specialisms: Sustainable Design / Sustainable Fashion/Textiles / Product Design

Location: London, United Kingdom

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Paula Camiña Eiras

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First Name: Paula

Last Name: Camiña Eiras

Specialisms: Sustainable Design / Sustainable Fashion/Textiles / Product Design

Sectors: Product / Architecture / Interiors / Fashion/Textiles/Accessories / Product / Architecture / Interiors

My Location: London, United Kingdom

University / College: Central Saint Martins UAL

Course / Program Title: Ma Biodesign


I am a London-based, Galician (1995) biodesign researcher who graduated in Industrial Design Engineering and Product Development in 2018. My BA design program taught me to develop innovative design concepts and adapt them for the manufacturing process. During the MA Biodesign, my concerns have encouraged me to study the biodesign field, researching ecological, scientific, and cultural specificities, and shaping them into a conscious design in order to create a positive impact. I believe that listening, observing, understanding, and synthesizing contexts and practices makes it possible to extract the obvious and add the magnificent. "Biodesign is a fascinating tool that not only allows individuals to relate with each other, but also with our planet"

A collaborative project between three basketmakers and a biodesigner looking at biotechniques to help regenerate and revive our Galician craft heritage.   Galicia is located in the northwest of Spain, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Ocean has supplied the Galician and Spanish populations throughout history, resulting in 602 tonnes of seafood exoskeletons being wasted every year. Moreover, this situation has worsened in recent years, due to the manufacturing of fishing tools moving away from traditional fishing crafts.   Fishing tools that, in their origin, were made by local basket makers with wicker or wood but today are made mainly from plastic by large foreign industries. Nevertheless, what these vegetable and non-vegetable materials hold in common are their flexibility.  Therefore, the objective of our project is to develop a flexible and biodegradable biomaterial from a flexible biopolymer found in the seafood exoskeletons (usually an unused waste source), chitosan.     During the production stage, traditional hand weaving crafts with vegetable fibers are applied simultaneously alongside new extrusion biotechniques. While the design outcomes aim to rebuild Galician identity, reinterpret existing components present in the Galician culture, and reclaim crafts using elements from the sea.