I Love WearMeBa!: a design concept to inspire new futures for fashion

Sensemaking / I Love WearMeBa!: a design concept to inspire new futures for fashion

Grow your own clothes from bacteria! Just add food scraps and water. Concept by John Wilkinson.

By Jack Wilkinson / 04 Nov 2016

This is one of eight rapid prototypes for the future of fast fashion to come out of a rapid design sprint led by Forum for the Future and Elliott P. Montgomery of the Parsons School of Design. Enjoy the description below, but remember, it is a design concept, not an actual product. Find out more about the design process here.

WearMeBa is a probiotic system for home-grown garments. This microbial community combines the creative genius of spiders with fast-growing capabilities, to make clothes from your food scraps.

Here’s one user review:

“Probiotics for ur clothes!? I had to c it to believe it! I dropped the little microbiome into my fridge drawer, filled it with H2O, fed it some carrot scraps & before ya know it I had an orange tank-top! So cool!

After it dried barely even smelled! If u want to turn a long sleeve shirt into a sweatshirt only leave it overnight… otherwise u’ll end up with a marshmallow for a top! Ha!

Also! It takes on the hue of what ever compost you feed it, so separate your veggie scraps by color if you’re that particular. I dig the textured multi-color look tho…

Warning!! Do not splash it on yourself! I was headed out on a date and got some on my dress and by the time I got there the lower half was a sweatshirt! I explained it to my date and it turns out he grows his clothes too! We’re dating now. Thanks WearMeBa! :)

Ps. It tastes delicious too… But don’t tell my kombucha that.”

See and hear more about these artifacts at our Future of Fast Fashion event on November 1st in New York City.

More design concepts from the future of fast fashion:

My Little Silk Farm: a design concept to inspire new futures for fashion

Cyborg-run ‘manufactories’ fund labour for environmental restoration: a design concept to inspire new futures for fashion

The Mender Starter Kit: an artefact to inspire new futures for fashion

Blank Space: a design concept to inspire new futures for fashion

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