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Marie Melcore

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Design Researcher & Biodesigner

I am a Design Researcher, engaging in a diverse and multidisciplinary practice. Following my

graduation in both Graphic and Textile Design, I joined the MA Biodesign program at Central Saint

Martins, University of the Arts London. My work revolves around blending biology with design to

create innovative solutions that address environmental challenges. One of my primary goals is to

surpass conventional disciplinary boundaries, seeking to address sustainable challenges.

Awareness and education are integral aspects of my approach.

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Diatoms series

Technique: Monoprint

These illustrations represent diatoms, also called plankton or micro-algae, which vary in size from
2 μm to about 1 mm. Since their origin 350 million years ago, diatoms have colonized the majority
of aquatic, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. Scientists estimate that a quarter of the oxygen
we breathe comes from diatoms. At a nanoscale, diatoms exhibit primary and geometric shapes.
However, even though these patterns were already present at the origin of life on Earth, they may
seem familiar to us. The petals of a flower, the rose window of a church, the mosaics of a mosque,
the twinkling of a distant star... Everyone is free to give free rein to their imagination in this
introspective exercise. Through this series, I used a kaleidoscopic aesthetic, which allows us to
appreciate their infinite variations. - Marie

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Milky Way

Technique: microscopic picture and digital collage

This image originated from a microscopic examination of activated carbon, a natural material
recognized for its filtration properties. It is a renewable resource that can play a role in a circular
economy system by reusing non-edible food waste. When observed under microscopes, its
microporosity patterns strangely resemble cosmic patterns, such as a starry sky or even the Milky
Way. In other words, this image can be described as a cosmos microcosm — an intriguing
paradox that illustrates how certain natural patterns can be observed both microscopically and
macroscopically. - Marie

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'As above, so below. As within, so without.'

Both the Milky Way and Diatom series truly align with the purpose of this book by visually conveying the idea of 'As above, so below. As within, so without.'

By showing what seems to be cosmic patterns on a microscale, the little moons, planets, and stars remind us of our connection with the vast universe and help us reflect on our life here on the planet as a microcosm of the universe. While the diatoms remind us of the beauty of life, which is often overlooked, they act as a reminder not to take for granted any aspect of our shared ecology, for we are reliant on our interconnectedness.

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Memory Matching Game

Originally, I only planned to use Marie's microscopic cosmos, but after seeing her diatom series, I found the kaleidoscopic patterns so beautiful and knew they too had to be included in the book. So, I asked Marie if she could repeat patterns to create a memory-matching game that showcases her beautiful work and adds another interactive element to the book.

Can you find the matching pairs?

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I was especially attracted to Marie’s work on sustainability for her UAL project on air pollution and thought that the biodesign aspect of her work added a unique contribution to the book.

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“The images featured in the book showcase some aspects of my biodesign projects. They capture moments in the creative process, highlighting the intersection of art, design, and science - whether it's experimenting with sustainable materials or exploring the beauty of nature-inspired design.” 

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