2019, Design Academy Eindhoven 



Ochre, gelatin, glycerin, and water. With these four natural substances, I have developed a sustainable and biodegradable material that I call Ocragela.


With red ochre, early human beings had dragged out various functions for a natural coloring agent, curing wounds, tanning leathers, and protecting their skins from the sun. So, I not only use ochre as a coloring agent, but also as a tribute to the curiosity and creativity of the prehistoric man, and the respect early human beings showed for nature. 


How different is the story behind gelatin, often regarded as a kind of ‘inferior’ residual product of the meat-processing industry? That is precisely why I chose it as a main ingredient to create a sustainable material with completely new possibilities. And to twist the stereotyping and the commercial value by contemporary man in a society dominated by the principles of capitalism and to question the authentic values for the better world. 

Ocragela was created by mixing gelatin and ochre with glycerin and water. By varying the proportions, temperature and methods of casting, I created different patterns, colors, textures, thickness and flexibility. 


We are all creative and wise human beings before a manufacturer and a customer



Dutch Design Week at Graduation show G19

"Red Ochre and a Wise Man"

Eindhoven, THE NETHERLANDS / October 2019

Material's Future Life at The Tallinn Design Festival  

"Red Ochre and a Wise Man"
Tallinn, ESTONIA / September 2019

Yksi Expo Exhibition

"Red Ochre and a Wise Man"

Eindhoven, The NETHERLANDS / January-July 2020

Rossana Orlandi Guiltless Plastic Prize

Milan, ITALY / 28 September - 10 October 2020

Dutch Design Week 2020 / Virtual DDW20

"Anima 01.Chair, Anima 02.Bench, Anima 03.Stool"

Eindhoven, The Netherlands / 17-25 October 2020

(upcoming) Material District Expo 2021

Rotterdam, The NETHERLANDS / March 2021

01. Concept Video 'Red Ochre and a Wise Man'
02. Ingredients : Ochre family, Gelatin, Glycerin, Water
03. Material experiments which show various potentials
By changing the temperatures, proportions and the way of pouring, different patterns, colours, textures, thickness and flexibility could have been made with only those 4 natural ingredients. 

This material can be hand-stitched or machine-sewed, so it can be used as a normal textile material. And it can be customised to leather-like, rubber/silicone-like and plastic-like by changing the proportions and the way of making. 

So, with these material experiments, Soowon is keeping on the research about how to apply this new  sustainable and biodegradable into the products, textiles and flooring material.

04. How to apply  the new material into our life 
05. Sketch /  Mood collage for on-going research 
Material development  with GELATEX 
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Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show 2019 at Dutch Design Week, The Netherlands, Oct 2019

Material's Future Life at The Tallinn Design Festival, Estonia, Sep 2019

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