Biomimicry, as described in it's Oxford Dictionary definition, is 'the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modelled on biological entities and processes.' I've emphasised that last bit as it links with my smaller interest in traditional and natural processes and how I can link that back to biomimicry.
Moving swiftly on, as I can make these post pretty hefty and wordy, many individuals may not be familiar with this terminology but you could bet they have used some example of biomimicry in some of their everyday products. One of the most infamous examples of biomimicry fastens your shoes together: Velcro. Velcro was invented by a 'Swiss engineer George de Mestral in 1941 after he removed burrs from his dog and decided to take a closer look at how they worked. The small hooks found at the end of the burr needles inspired him to create the now ubiquitous Velcro'. Velcro is so widely used it verges on the Super Normal, however where does biomimicry some into play with more niche markets? Below are some of my favourite examples:
Biomimicry is also well-known in the design world for it's aesthetics and seen especially in areas such as textiles. As the title of this post suggests I'm not interested in this aspect particularly however I am interested in the methods to replicate the natural forms.
I want to not only look at examples of biomimicry textiles currently in production but also looking into unique features in animals, plants and nature that inspire me or I feel are noteworthy. I suppose I have a lot more David Attenborough to water. Research must be done!
MNN - Mother Nature Network. (2016). 8 amazing examples of biomimicry. [online] Available at: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/photos/7-amazing-examples-of-biomimicry/copying-mother-nature [Accessed 17 Oct. 2016].
Materia. (2016). Dress in style in 3D with the new petals dress from Nervous System • Materia. [online] Available at: https://materia.nl/article/dress-style-3d-petals-dress/ [Accessed 17 Oct. 2016].
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