Welcome to Ecomakers!
We combine our expertise in textiles, design, visual and media arts, and bring together art, science, and technology to develop creative strategies for improving people’s and the planet’s well-being.
Our research integrates ‘A’ (Art) into STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) by entagling traditional techniques, novel materials with scientific knowledge to construct multisensory artworks for viewers to interact with.
This series of Ecomakers workshops arises from the Global Challenges Keystone project: Future Makers at the University of Wollongong. We explore how creativity and science can contribute to building environmentally sustainable and healthy living futures.
Through the use of upcycled and eco-sustainable materials and hands-on making we explore science concepts including hyperbolic geometry, climatological mappings, as well as animal and plants behaviours.
Each workshop introduces the use of diverse materials in the context of a circular economy model. Techniques such as felting, crochet, and embroidery are integrated with electronics to create works of art that highlight our relationship to the complexities of the natural world.