The research is divided in the different steps which lead from plant to dye. This starts with the cultivation of the plants. Next, the pigment has to be extracted. The third and final step in the process is mixing the pigment with a binder.
- “Do pigments in the different organs of a plant have a function?
- “Can we come up with techniques to simplify the extraction of pigments from plants, chemical or some other way?”
- “Which binders work with which pigments, and are suitable for the different printing techniques?”
The research is being conducted in and around the AGALAB. In the kitchen Painting Plants created a small laboratory set up for the extraction of pigments and the creation of paint. Experiments with printing techniques are conducted in the workshop.
Everything is completely open source. We’re receptive for co-operation.