Designing Multispecies Menstrual Care
March 2021 - present
Project blog: https://nadiacw.github.io/biomenstrual/︎︎︎
Link to project page on KTH ︎︎︎
A project by
Nadia Campo Woytuk, KTH.
Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, AHO The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
Martin Avila, Konstfack.
Antonio Capezza, KTH.
Madeline Balaam, KTH.
- Temes de Disseny #38 - Caring Through Design: From Personal to Planetary Wellbeing.
- “Biomenstrual” in form Design Magazine issue 294 NATURE AND DESIGN
- “Designing Multispecies Menstrual Care” (presentation and Q&A) at DRS Festival of Emergence, 13 September 2021
- Early work presented in “Scaling Bodily Fluids for Utopian Fabulations” at Nordes’21.
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.