Biomimicry Challenge – Day 7

Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. Claude Monet

Colour is important but it is rarely discussed outside the art lesson. Biomimicry offers a great opportunity to use colour in the classroom in interesting new ways to inspire creative thinking.

Animals and plants may use their unique colouring for protection, attracting a partner, for aggression, or for finding food. Recent innovations and ideas based upon studies of animals colourings include a material that changes its colour to match the surroundings, an anti-counterfeit technology based upon butterfly wings and new technology for laser.

Pick an animal that you like and study it. Use the animal as inspiration to design a colourful T-shirt or dress, or a clothing item that makes you almost invisible.

Colourful animals and animals that change colour.

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Chameleon

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Mantis Shrimp by Jenny

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Hummingbird by Norvig

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Toucan

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Butterfly wings

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Butterfly wings

Two animals that may inspire ideas to make you almost invisible.

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 Cyphochilus beetle

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Cuttlefish

I would love to see your creations so please send them to me and I will post them here. You find my email address at the top under the page About. Thanks.

A link to ideas using colours.

Colour in biomimicry

Bimimicry of butterfly wings

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