To take the concept further, Blond and Bieber created its so-called “analog printer”: an all-in-one microalgae farm, laboratory, and cylinder roller for wheeling across—and adorning—swathes of fabric.

The duo has even spun the dyes’ downside—they’re not what the garment industry would consider “light-stable”—into something positive. Because the pigment in the textiles can change color when exposed to sunlight, whether it’s from green to turquoise or pale pink to bright scarlet, each piece of cloth is “telling a story over time,” Glomb and Weber say. “People change,” they add. “So do textiles.”

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For the “Milk & Sugar” fashion show in 2014, Blond and Bieber teamed up with Berlin designer Ylenia Gortana to create two outfits. Both garments were deliberately shrouded from sunlight until their catwalk debut, where they “started their natural change of colors right away,” say Glomb and Weber.

Blond and Bieber also worked with Trippen, a local footwear brand, to produce the first microalgae-printed shoes.

Algaemy has garnered a host of awards, including the Lodz Design Festival Make Me! Award in 2014, for its “out of the pond” thinking. Not bad for something Glomb and Weber describe as an “autonomously self-grown pigment” that is generally regarded as a weed and a nuisance.

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[Via the Guardian]