"Textiles are far from one’s mind when one first sees the Algaerium installation (2009/2010) by the Japanese designer Marin Sawa. The starting point for her project was an interest in organic materials that are ‘smart’ by nature. With Algaerium, Sawa has created a series of ‘living’ textiles set in a spatial installation, in which algae react to natural light with fascinating colour changes. Sawa makes use of the process of photosynthesis, which serves as a green source of energy. Besides demonstrating the potential of algae as a future energy source, Sawa’s project shows how the material can be integrated into interiors and architecture in a functional and aesthetically attractive way. Soft Structures (2010/2011), the second contribution by Sawa, is a series of elegant silk scarves that have been screen-printed with thermochromic ink. The colour of the scarves alters in response to temperature changes."
Suzan Russeler, Curator of European Textile Design, Audax Textile Museum, Tilburg, the Netherlands,2011, exerpt from the iFabric catalogue