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Mushroom Sculpt x Threads in the Ground

This Summer The Biscuit Factory is delighted to host Threads in the Ground for an exciting project: Mushroom Sculpt.
In partnership with The Bound bookshop by Foum Books, 'Threads' will be creating a totally unique installation, crafted from a ground-breaking new eco material! Starting with hands-on public workshops in February and March, where they began to create the building blocks for what the team believes will be the first bookshop structure in the world made with this innovative material. This conceptual installation, part of the broader Mushroom Sculpt project, represents a bold step towards sustainable building practices and artistic innovation.

Who are Threads in the Ground?

Threads in the Ground are a climate hope organisation - unearthing powerful climate stories to help more people be good ancestors. ‘Threads’ helps people to play and experiment with climate change ideas and technologies. They run creative projects, resources and campaigns to help people connect with hope and excitement in climate action, as well as providing training and consultancy.

What is Mushroom Sculpt?

Mushroom Sculpt is an exciting project using an emerging eco-material made from fungus, using waste products like straw and paper to make “mycelial blocks”.

Mushroom Sculpt will take scrap cardboard - donated by The Bound - and use it to build a pop-up bookshop inside The Biscuit Factory for the Late Shows. A bookshop grown from bookshop waste!

Award winning design...

Designed by Stuart Macalister of the award-winning architect firm Heatherwick Studios, the installation promises to captivate visitors with its innovative fusion of art, sustainability, and literature in what the team believes to be the first interpretation of this material into a functioning 'bookshop' structure.

More than a bookshop

Curated by Helen Stanton of Forum Books, the bookshop installation will feature a carefully curated collection of literary titles. Visitors can expect an immersive experience as they explore the intersection of literature and sustainable architecture within the unique fungal environment.

Underground Kingdom - The Illustrated Lab

Accompanying the installation will be an exibition of selected limited edition prints taken from new children's book 'Underground Kingdom'. In collaboration with the artist, Jenni Colquhoun of The Illustrated Lab; the book is a poetic exploration of a fungus life-cycle.

A family reading of The Underground Kingdom will take place on 30 May, with the opportunity for you to contribute to the final edit of the forthcoming book!

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