Designing Multispecies Menstrual Care
Biomenstrual is a collection of biomaterial experiments, rituals, and spells for imagining, designing and practicing menstrual care beyond the human body.
Download and read the project spell book
The project explores designing for non-anthropocentric, ecofeminist practices of human menstrual care. We focus on how menstrual products are made, used, and discarded, with a focus on the material waste generated both by the body (menstrual blood, mucus, and tissue) and by the products (a wide range of organic and non-organic materials such as cotton and plastics). Through our research and practice inspired by speculative and more-than-human design, we have explored how we can design menstrual care practices that re-use and compost this material waste, opening up possibilities for cohabitation and collaboration with other-than-human species, such as bacteria and microbes, plants and insects. This includes cooking biodegradable menstrual pads, tools and practices of fertilizing plants and soil with menstrual blood, and a Biomenstrual book of spells.
Read about the design process on the project blog
A NAVET project by
Nadia Campo Woytuk & Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard
In collaboration with
Martin Ávila (Konstfack), Antonio Capezza (KTH)
Nadia Campo Woytuk (she/her) is a designer, artist and researcher exploring feminist perspectives of technologies. She is currently a PhD student in Interaction Design & Women’s Health at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard (she/her) is a designer and postdoctoral researcher at AHO The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway. Through speculative and feminist design she explores possible futures of intimate technologies.
Thanks to / in collaboration with:
Madeline Balaam & Women’s health team @ KTH, Anton Poikolainen Rosén, Blivande
Credit: Font “Cirrus Cumulus”