What Matter_s / Silk Lab
Dutch Design Week 2018

Most people think of silk as a fiber, one celebrated for its tremendous strength and elasticity; me and Siri Skillgate has taken on the appearance of silk producing insects.

This playful approach were based on the knowledge, research and expertise of spider-silk expert Dr Cedric Dicko, who has ‘reverse engineered’ the fiber into its raw form of liquid silk protein – the same substance generated inside spiders and other silk-spinning insects.

Silk Lab is the outcome of a series of cross-disciplinary experiments exploring different ways of (re-)solidifying silk. 

For What Matter_s, the team presents a series of 9 samples of silk in new and intriguing forms, alongside the tools they used to create them.

Photo: Lucas Frisk Bergqvist