The Algae-Matron 3000 is a washing machine that dyes clothing with ephemeral pigments derived from the algae Galdieria sulphuraria (G. sulphuraria). The machine is connected to a centralized water treatment system that utilizes the bioremediative properties of the organism to purify and recycle the consumed water.

Illustration of the process of extracting phycocyanin from 

G. sulphuraria

Image of pigment extracted from the algae Galdieria sulphuraria

Detail shot of dye tests performed with extracted phycocyanin on various fibers

Digital rendering of the Algae Matron 3000

Video that explains the user's experience with the Algae Matron 3000 and how it works 

Visual diagram of the Algae-Matron Home Water Recycling System

Visit our site to learn even more about the Algae-Matron 3000!

Visual diagram of the dye's life cycle

Algae-Matron 3000 won the opportunity to represent MICA at the 2017 Biodesign Challenge, hosted at the Museum of Modern Art and the School of Visual Arts(SVA). The following images are taken from the SVA exhibition The Future Will Be Grown: Student Projects from the Biodesign Challenge that occurred June 22-26 2017. 

Overall shot of work installed in exhibition space

Image of person interacting with the work

Image displaying a phycocyanin dyed garment, our dye tests on five different materials, our website, and examples of color variation created through combining materials of different fiber structures

Example of a packaged shirt one would purchase  at a local Algae Matron kiosk

Collaboration among Erin Kirchner, Emary Parisi, Rachel Rusk, & Sydney Sieh-Takata

Scientific Consultation courtesy of J. Casey Lippmeier

Illustrations and Logos courtesy of Iris Lee

Website design courtesy of 

Hanna-Mae Greenfield

Video documentation and editing courtesy of Scott Will and Danielle Spellman

Packaging Design Courtesy of Nilam Sari

Assistance with Project Construction courtesy of Bokeum Jeon

Opportunity to create this work courtesy of Ryan Hoover, BUGSS, and the Biodesign Challenge

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