Research Components = Micro Fossils + Material Science + Iron Mineral Reactions

Fossils act as the best evidence for early forms of life, and by looking deeply into the properties of  fossils we can learn about the evolutionary past of how organisms have changed as Earth’s environments transformed. Fossils not only tell us about how an organism adapts, but in addition  they tell us about the range of environmental conditions, minerals, and climatic zones in which they were found. These also range in environmental scale, micro fossils, and macro fossils. Microfossils consist of tiny structures such as bacteria, fungi, protists, plants, diatoms, pollen, and teeth. They  have been found on some of the most remote regions of the globe encapsulated in layers of sediment, which over time go though lithification and become rock. This research expedition questioned how the Sahara transformed from ocean to desert by collecting micro botanical and marine organism fossils as inspiration for a series of ephemeral plant fossils. Each fossil was analysed for its colour properties that indicate the environmental conditions in which the sediment solidified under to form rock. This was then used to create a new colour palette that has a five tone gradient as a metaphor of the physical, and biological weathering cycles throughout the fossils life time. This series of experiments has been archived, and acts as a catalyst for exploring past environments, and colour perception through material alchemy, but will be taken back to the Sahara in 2041, and allowed to go through the weathering process again for future design research.



Design Components = Boiled Soil + Fossil Dust + Pink Quartz + Root H2O + Lemon(Ac) Extract

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FOSSIL = TUii-Xio[9]Ca3



FOSSIL = H-io2[iC]3331



FOSSIL = ReXio[78ui]B12



FOSSIL = V4wuii[9z]Qio



FOSSIL = Oic[512]HxA



FOSSIL = NpOii[x]49i


FOSSIL = COiUi-[g]3