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Born January 9th 1989 in Istanbul, Turkey, after having majored in international relations as an undergraduate at Koc University, She is now so pleased to concentrate on Design and Technology in a graduate level. Her interest in design dates back to her years in high school, where she excelled in drawing, theatre and photography. She was in no time given the opportunity to show her work in a Contemporary Art Exhibition in Istanbul and sell it in an online fine art gallery. She likes taking pictures of daily life from different perspectives, ones that most people don't spend the time to take into consideration while going through a standard day. She likes to combine her photography skills with design as a mechanism for creating websites. She is currently a candidate for an Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology at Parsons, The New School, New York.


The wearable piece that we worked together ( me and Enrica )to foster equal access to public space and to use the technology to augment the potential of women bodies. Natural weapons are physically a part of a creature. Plants use different systems to defend themselves from insects or other herbivores consumers, different systems. Some are mechanical systems: they have parts that they use as a weapon to defend themselves. Taking inspiration from nature and from the self defense technique that animals and plants have, can we build a fashionable protective shield for women? Can we use technology to improve women’s life and limit the idea that women should rely on men to defend themselves? Can we make the women body appear more powerful?

This wearable inspired by nature. Hedgehogs have natural defense mechanisms. If a hedgehog feels threatened, it uses own spines to protect itself from any threats. We develop our mechanism inspired by this animal’s defense system and apply onto our wearable for women to protect themselves when they feel threatened during their nighttime walks. Mechanism has electronics that includes microcontroller, servo motors and distance sensor. If the distance sensor detects a stranger gets closer more than 1 meter, 3d printed spikes start to move up and down to protect the wearer.

The defense system serves as a metaphor which highlights a method of appropriation where the human body is enhanced through the process of bio-mimicry.


Birce Ozkan- Bioplastics

For my first two experiment, i ended up to  create my own recipe mixing many other recipes that i found from different websites;

1 table spoon corn starch

4 table spoon water

1 tea spoon  glycerin

1 tea spoon gelatin

1  tea spoon vinegar

When i started to cook, ingredients that i put in the pot started to solidify immediately. It took like 2 minutes it went liquid to gel and became like play-dough(the video that we saw in the class ( It was really easy to give a form and work with. For my other experiments, i added orange juice to give some color to the bioplastic.




Also, to give different shapes, i put some of them into my laser cut piece to give a square and rectangular form. I rolled the other parts to give a shape of a ball. The material was  really easy to give a form, as i said, it was like a play-dough. So, i ended up giving some curves as well to achieve a snail-shell look.

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                 that’s the one i added orange juice


                       “The Biocuture Shoe”



“The Machinic Harvest”

The exhibition En Vie – Alive, presents a new design landscape, where fragments of a possible programmable ‘synthetic’ future are confronted with ‘natural’ alternative design perspectives. The quest for a different kind of ecological design models underpins the selection of projects, which range from potential sustainable solutions, to poetic interpretations and extreme provocations.

Eric Klarenbeeks’ organic 3d-printing Myceliumchair

Precedent: Eric Klarenbeeks’ organic 3d-printing Myceliumchair website



Klarenbeek has printed a chair from a straw substrate, with a thin coating of bioplastic, that supports the construction. He constructed a substrate with mycelium that is thin enough to be printed by a 3D printer. After the printing is done, the mycelium slowly grows into a strong substance. Once this chair is fully grown, it should be solid enough to support a person.


I am also taking Interactive Design for Museum class. When I went to Met, I was fascinated by Marble Column from the temple of Artemis and Sardis. My proposal is to 3D model the column that i saw in the museum.

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At the beginining, it took so much time to get used with Maya software. So, first i used Sketchup to design my 3d model. Then after doing the Maya Tutorials, i felt like i could be ready to give a try to Maya. Step by step, creating from the scratch,  i took me hours and hours to have the last model to 3d print. Also, i used my file as .obj to make it work in Makerbot.

Basically, it took so much time to create the spirals, i ended up  drawing  the spiral with Adobe Illustrator, exported it as a SVG file.  Then, I imported it in Maya and also created another circle and loft as a 3d spiral.

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When i had the last look. I decided to check the model with netfabb. I realized that i had too much holes. Also, i spent many times to find and merge them together.

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When i went to the ARC, i scaled it in MakerWaver, i gave my first try and failed, because of the Makerbot machine, i couldn’t have a precise model that i wanted. So, i changed to other machine and gave other try to print it. And the process of 3d printing and the result:

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Hola guyz,

I am also taking Interactive Design for Museum class. When I went to Met, I was fascinated by Marble Column from the temple of Artemis and Sardis. My proposal is to 3D model the column that i saw in the museum. Ofcourse, during the spring break i will work on the model more.

I already added progress of the marble column model. Step by step, I am approaching the construction of the 3D model  in order that it looks the same as the one in my selfie.

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Midterm Progress:



More and more progress:

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