The CHEMARTS Cookbook 

Inspiration for Material Enthusiasts 

How can we make flexible, transparent wood-based materials? What kinds of materials can we derive from trees, while still respecting the preciousness of nature? Could the innovative use of renewable cellulosic materials change our material world? 

The CHEMARTS Cookbook offers both simple and more advanced ideas and recipes for hands-on experiments with wood-based materials. The book showcases interesting results, focusing on raw materials that are processed either chemically or mechanically from trees or other plants: cellulose fibres, micro- or nano-structured fibrils, cellulose derivatives, lignin, bark, and wood extractives. 

Find inspiration, test our recipes at home, in workshops or chemistry labs, and develop your own experiments! Have fun!

The ChemArts Cookbook will be available in 3/2020. 

Aalto ARTS Books

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Aalto University publication series C 1/2020 

School of Arts, Design and Architecture & School of Chemical Engineering, Espoo, Finland 

© Pirjo Kääriäinen, Nina Riutta, Liisa Tervinen, Tapani Vuorinen & Aalto University 

Proofreading: Alice Lehtinen, Altexta

Photographs: Eeva Suorlahti, or otherwise marked separately in the book.

Graphic design: Cleo Bade 

Producer: Sanna Tyyri-Pohjonen, Aalto ARTS Books, www.aaltoartsbooks.fi

ISBN 978-952-60-8802-0

ISBN 978-952-60-8803-7 (pdf)

ISSN 1799-4977

ISSN 1799-4985 (electronic)

 

Saara Kantele CHEMARTS 2019 summerschool
Saara Kantele CHEMARTS 2019 summerschool
Saara Kantele CHEMARTS 2019 summerschool

The CHEMARTS Cookbook team

Clockwise: Professor Tapani Vuorinen (CHEM), Designer Nina Riutta, Photographer Eeva Suorlahti, Professor Pirjo Kääriäinen (ARTS) and Design manager Liisa Tervinen.

The CHEMARTS Cookbook team clockwise: Professor Tapani Vuorinen (CHEM), Designer Nina Riutta, Photographer Eeva Suorlahti, Professor Pirjo Kääriäinen (ARTS) and Design manager Liisa Tervinen.

The CHEMARTS Cookbook Content 

Foreword 

How to use this book

PART I: WORKING WITH MATERIALS 

1.1. About collaboration 

1.2. Designerly approach to material research 

1.3  Scientific material research – principles and practices 

1.4  Insights from material professionals: Three views of the material world

1.5  Working with natural materials: Experiences of CHEMARTS students 

PART II: INGREDIENTS, TOOLS & TECHNIQUES 

2.1 Material Basics for CHEMARTS recipes

2.2 Ingredients

2.3 Spaces and tools 

2.4 Basic techniques

2.5 Cooking rules and safety 

PART III: RECIPES 

3.1 Hard materials  

3.2 Soft materials 

3.3 Flexible materials

3.4 Transparent materials 

3.5 2D/3D printed materials 

3.6 Growing of materials 

3.7 Colouring and dyeing 

3.8 Process for cooking long fibres

3.9 Papermaking

Glossary 

Index

3 photos on the left: Saara Kantele’s The Alder project, CHEMARTS 2019 summer school.

Photos: Eeva Suorlahti