I was researching growing materials and working on biofabrication processes on my graduation year in School Of Form, Poznan (2017-2018). It all was very experimental. I came back to homeland farm and looked at farmers work and tried to combine this with my industrial design background. I realized that growing is already mass-produced and maybe growing things will be produced similarly to carrots. Growing materials are already quite popular in the design world, trend forecasters speculate that will change the future. My main consideration was not what are we going to grow but rather who gonna cultivate things and how. I was growing my material around farmers and we both realized that it is perfect symbiosis. Growing plants and growing SCOBY supplemented each other. I used farmers waste and my material waste was used by farmer.
I had many scenarios what we can grow but I decided to propose edible packaging to highlight the relation of farmer and designer, growing and making.
A childhood memory, where life was fought around the growth of carrots and onions, was rediscovered by me when we discussed new ways of matched production during classes. In these seemingly distant processes, I began to find more and more similarities. At that time, I decided to analyze the cultivation process using design methods. What is the difference in the production of things from growing vegetables? Can both processes learn from each other? The world of design and the world of practice? The world of making and the world of growing? The title of the SCOBY project: a symbiosis of making and growing in the production of packaging that lives from the reflection on how much human work is in the growth of onions, and on the basis of the design process for the production of live SCOBY material. What does the growth process look like? In the project, I ask myself if the exchange-taking can be applied not only to cultivation but also to the production of industrial goods. Is it possible to design growing? Is it possible to cooperate with nature, also for its benefits? Who will be the designer of the future in this scenario, and who is the farmer? Maybe the boundaries of these two seemingly distant professions will overlap and become blurred?