Bio-inspiration:
Art + Science

Lifescaped undertakes science and art related to bio-inspiration – the human use of technology, behaviour and design found in nature. It is the lab and studio of the scientist and artist Professor Andrew Parker, and was launched by HRH Prince Charles in 2015. Lifescaped is the home of Pure Structural Colour, the world’s brightest colour and has implications for sustainability.

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This globe pinpoints some case studies of Lifescaped’s scientific research in bio-inspiration.

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Nike is a licensee of Lifescaped’s colour technology

Green bird

Lifescaped's product categories

Lifescaped’s scientific projects fall into the categories of: (i) performance (or function), (ii) aesthetic and/or (iii) environmentally supportive. The videos here explain our work in each category.

Art

Andrew produces abstract artworks using Pure Structural Colour. He also produces watercolour/gouache and oil/acrylic paintings, and glass/light sculptures, that capture characteristics of Pure Structural Colour. Patterns and forms incorporated in Andrew’s artworks take inspiration from patterns, developmental processes and evolutionary events in nature.

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Education

Lifescaped develops courses for schools and universities on bio-inspiration. This includes school courses for different ages and university courses in both science and business/humanities.

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Design:
Pure Colour Studio

Pure Colour Studio is the design arm of Lifescaped. We start from the science of nature and produce designs for the human senses. The end result is an evolved (optimized) visual effect or pattern that is stylized and adapted for commercial products.

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Jellyfish

Blue Jellyfish (Cyanea lamarckii)

“ I feel that biomimetics is a far better solution in terms of sustainability and integration with Nature than relying on transgenic technologies, which can have real potential complications. Nature has the best answers, without waste. ”
Prince Charles Prince Charles, HRH Prince of Wales

TEDx

Andrew Parker’s TEDx talk at the Sydney Opera House, 2013.