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About Clara Davis

Clara Davis is a French-American designer and material activist focused on the research and development of biomaterials (non-petroleum-based materials). She has a degree in textile design from the National School of Fine Arts in Lyon (France) and in textile manufacturing and biology applied to fashion from the School of Fabricademy (Spain). She worked 3 years at the Fabtextiles, department of Fab Lab Barcelona, where she learned 3d modelling, 3d printing, laser cutting, and electronics to develop smart and sustainable textiles.

In 2016, she started Bioteca, an ongoing material archive that gathers samples from the past 4 years. This archive contains biomaterials samples made of bio-based, biodegradable, and renewable polymers sourced from the vegetal kingdom such as agar agar, sodium alginate, tapioca starch, pectin, or the animal kingdom such as gelatin, casein, chitin. Each biomaterial sample is labeled with specific information: category, type, composition, properties, degradation, and care recommendations; to help to understand the possible applications of the material.

As a designer giving birth to objects, it is crucial for her to develop sustainable and ethical materials inspired by know-how practices that predate the explosion of oil exploitation. Material research should be part of the early stage of every design process. With BIOTECA material archive her goal is to innovate through design, contribute to the growth of this community of material designers invested in sustainable developments and inspire manufacturers to implement more ethical and ecological means of production. She believes that our future will be forged by this common effort.

Today, She is working as an auto-entrepreneur and is teaching smart textiles & bio-design applied to the fashion sector at BAU, University Center of Design in Barcelona.