A selection of early stage tests and samples from StudioBIO, where they were starting to ‘biofacture’ and ‘grow-make’ (Collet) new types of biotextiles from a range of engineered and synthetic microbes. The samples range in their process and technique, exploring how textile design techniques might translate into biotextiles. Some of these samples were developed during the designer’s time at the RCA through the Material Futures Research Centre. Samples include biological versions of applique, printed textiles, embroidery and embellishment, lace, foiling, construction methods and different fabric types such as chiffon, leather and denim.
The idea behind these samples is that textile archives always have samples or samplers of cultural and historical techniques within their collection. The samples take from this idea as a documentation of early developments in ‘biofacturing’ and biotextile design. The pieces are a development on from Carole Collet’s Biolace works and aim to try to continue this method of using critical design to present viable speculations.
Design - Hannah Hansell
Photography - Hannah Hansell