German-born designer and researcher Julia Lohmann investigates and critiques the ethical and material value systems underpinning our relationship with flora and fauna. She is professor at Aalto University, Helsinki, where she also lives. Julia studied at the Royal College of Art, where she has also taught and completed an AHRC-funded collaborative PhD scholarship between the RCA and the Victoria & Albert Museum. As designer in residence at the V&A in 2013. She has been an external examiner on the Central Saint Martins MA Material Futures. Julia Lohmann’s work is part of major public and private collections worldwide.
Designing Beyond: Biomateriality, Extended Empathy and Critical Reflection
Julia Lohmann introduces her process of working with seaweed as a sustainable material for making and a method for engaging communities of practice into conversations around ocean health. She gives an introduction to some of the methods of her design-practice: Co-speculation, seaweedness and regenerative practices.