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.




Mantis Shrimp by Jenny


Hummingbird by Norvig




Butterfly wings


Butterfly wings

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


 Cyphochilus beetle



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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