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Projects

A running journal of prototypes, workshops, events, lessons, adventures and all things mycophilic.

 
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Lost Labs: a lost Arts incubator

The Model A

 

overview

Our first tabletop concept and what a beauty. We fell in love with the shape and the see through aspect of it's design. While it wasn’t meant long for this world, it was a critical pivot point for us to focus our efforts on smaller, lighter weight builds.

 

lessons

  • Deadlines and pressure are good motivators

  • The birth of the Model A

  • Good advice comes from all over the map

  • Being ‘incubated’ isn’t as warm as it sounds

 

a fifty pound per week prototype

The Momo

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overview

After the success of Soko in Google Chicago’s Cafeteria, they gave us a broken double-door display refrigerator to use as our next enclosure. This was to be come a long hard build. It was expensive and targeted at a specific client but it became clear that the business model couldn’t support the angle. But fear not, that’s not the end for The Momo.

 

lessons

  • 50 lbs of mushrooms is a lot

  • Nothing goes as fast as you think it will

  • Never put your modifiers inside the enclosure

  • This is not a mobile display model, no matter how hard we tried

 

FabLab Saigon & traditional mushroom farms

Vietnam

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overview

A beautiful country with such kind people and what a culture. We drank beer from frozen cereal bowls, drove a full day on a motorbike on the edge of a typhoon, visited traditional mushroom farms, connected with students who were salvaging rice straw from the rice fields to grow mushrooms and we relieved the street markets of their mushrooms. Lots to chew on from this trip.

 

LESSONS

  • Traditional pre-harvest mushroom drying methods

  • Salvaged rice straw as mushroom substrate

  • The urban farmer is alive and well at FabLab Saigon

  • The paddy straw mushroom is phenomenal