WORKS > Crafting Biotextiles

Crafting Biotextiles was a 15-week research-creation residency project at SymbioticA International Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts to explore the application of textile pattern + structural integrity to the construction of organic matrices for use in tissue engineering.

Manually fostering cell culture growth on traditional, aesthetic textile forms speaks to the intersection of hands-on wet biology practices with creative craft processes.

3D-printed weaving tools remain as part of the living cultures after practical use, as an integral and conceptual part of the overall laboratory apparatus: a comment on materiality as well as the agency and haptic intelligence of microbiological systems to design themselves in cooperation with intentional/artistic human design.

Part of the project evolved to include an investigation of the overlaps between histological laboratory practices and textile methods, such as staining/dyeing.

All research and works created during residency at SymbioticA International Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts, Perth, Western Australia. 3D printing (looms + tools) created at Alternate Anatomies Lab, School of Design & Art, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.

Invaluable research support was graciously offered by:
Prof. Ionat Zurr, Guy Ben-Ary, Prof. Stuart Hodgetts, Mary Lee, Shirley Chang, Soichiro Mihara, Audrey Chan, Prof. Stelarc, Oron Catts, Chris Cobilis and the community of fellow artists/researchers at SymbioticA in the masters and PhD programs.

Funding for the residency was generously provided by:
artsnb, the New Brunswick Arts Board
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Concordia International
and the following private donors:
Peter Steggall, Alison Short, Joan Peddle, Cathy Gillis, Erica Stanley, Betty Hunter, Yolande & Lee Clark, Jennica Lounsbury, Carol Green, Sonny Assu, Mireille Bourgeois, Elliott Rajnovic, Kerri-Lynn Reeves, Barbara Layne, Pauline McClusky, Mireille Eagan, Renee Laprise, Allison Green, Rebecca Smyth, Jane Adams, Ingrid Bachmann, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Thomson, Amanda Ruiz, Monica Lacey, Hannah Givler, Julie Whittaker, Fabiola Martinez, John MacDermid, Ann Manuel, Laura Maynard, Karen LeBlanc, Patricia O'Brien

Special thanks to Prof. Tagny Duff, Prof. Kelly Thompson, Prof. Trevour Gould and Ann Manuel for funding proposal support.

Biotextile I
catgut sutures, cell culture media, 3T3 cells, glass petri dish, 3D printed miniature loom + tools
2014
Biotextile I, microscopic detail
digital micrograph
2014
Biotextile I, microscopic detail
digital micrograph
2014
Biotextile I, microscopic detail
digital micrograph
2014
Biotextile I, microscopic detail
digital micrograph
2014
Biotextile I, microscopic detail
digital micrograph
2014
Biotextile II, in process
silk, alcian blue histology stain
2014
Biotextile II
hand-dyed, handwoven silk, osteoblasts in culture media, glass petri dish
2014
Untitled
[Vimeo]
live cell imaging via microscopic digital time-lapse video
2014
Biotextile III, in progress
silk, eucalyptus bark dye
2014
Biotextile III
hand-dyed, handwoven silk, osteoblasts, cell culture media, 3D printed loom + needle, glass petri dish
2014
Biotextile IV, in process
decellularized hog gut, trypsin EDTA digestive enzyme, ultrapure H2O, stainless steel pins, styrofoam
2014
Biotextile IV, in process, detail
decellularized hog gut, trypsin EDTA digestive enzyme, ultrapure H2O, stainless steel pins, styrofoam
2014
Biotextile IV
handwoven decellularized hog gut, 3D printed loom, 3T3 cells in cell culture media, petri dish
2014
Biotextile V
sterilized silk, 3D printed loom + tools, mouse osteoblasts in culture media, petri dish
2014
Biotextile VI
silk suture thread, 3D printed minature crochet hook, 3T3 cells in culture media, petri dish
2014
Biotextile VI, microscopic detail
digital micrograph
2014
Biotextile VI, contamination
silk suture thread, 3D printed minature crochet hook, cell culture media, pitre dish, bacterial contamination
2014
Biotextiles I-IV, installation
biotextiles in glass petri dishes, Perspex box, digital micrographs on fabric
2014
Aseptic Requiem, installation view
digital video on iPad mini
2014
Aseptic Requiem, gallery installation
digital video on iPad mini + headphones, large format digital micrograph print on fabric
2014
3T3 cells in culture
digital micrograph
2014
Osteoblasts in culture
digital micrograph
2014
Cell Parent, series
tissue culture flask, cells, culture media
2014