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Making with Microbes – Caring for your culture

5 September, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Kombucha is a carbonated drink with reported digestive and other health benefits. It’s a culture of yeast and bacteria growing in sweet black tea which, apart from vinegary carbonated goodness, produces a floating skin composed of bacterial cellulose (called a pellicle). For a number of years The Edge has been optimising and experimenting with the uses of this naturally forming pellicle.  The Pellicle is washed, dried and treated to produce a tough, flexible sheet that can be a great sustainable, raw material for making fashion items and accessories.

The post-harvesting method requires no sophisticated apparatus, can be undertaken at room temperature on an open benchtop, and produces a biodegradable fabric at minimal cost.

Join us for one workshop or both!

Making with Microbes 1 – Caring for your culture

In the first workshop participants will get an opportunity to learn all the principles and hard-won tips to establishing a productive kombucha culture.

Register for the second workshop, Making with Microbes 2 – Practical and Fashion accessories.

Requirements and prerequisites:  

  • Participants must be over 16 years of age
  • Enclosed, flat footwear must be worn at all times 

To find out more about what’s on offer at The Edge, read about our Fabrication Lab and community makerspace.

Before you book, please read our Short Courses FAQ. You’ll find answers to age restrictions, what to bring, what to do if you’re running late, refunds and more. For more detailed information, please refer to our Booking Terms and Conditions.


5 September, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Edge, State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, The Edge
South Brisbane, 4101 Australia