Haute Bacon

21st February 2014

Materiologist Amy Congdon is exploring the decellularising of bacon and is re working it into a potential luxury material combined with bone powder and pearls for future luxury accessories.

The decellularisation process (developed for regenerative medicine purposes that involves removing the cells from an organ) leaves behind the extracellular matrix which Amy then puts through a series of textile techniques such as dyeing, tanning and weaving.

Exploring the boundary between fashion and biotechnological processes Amy is pushing the materiality of future fashion in a synthetic biology future.

Considering the potential of these accessories as extensions of our biological makeup as skin grafts and body modifications evolve she has also designed a series of speculative skin care products.

The ‘A.C. Skin Care Range' is an extension of her previous Biological Atelier work and are made up of the Graft Cleanser, Graft Toner, Graft Moisturiser, Bio-Skin Glue, Anti-Synth Bacterial Cream and Syn-Skin Treatment.

Amy's work was recently shown during the Big Data materials exhibition at Central St Martins as well as at the Envie/Alive exhibiton in Paris last summer.

Anita Hirlekar


Anita Hirlekar


Anita Hirlekar


Graham Fan


Graham Fan


Serena Gili


Serena Gili


Jessica Mort


Jessica Mort


Jessica Mort


Jessica Mort


Drew Henry


Drew Henry


Drew Henry


Drew Henry


Multi Fabrication Fashion

21st February 2014

Multi fabrication textile experimentation was a key trend for the Central St Martins 2014 Ma Graduate show with designers mixing up beautifully embroidered knits, appliqué dresses and pony skin.

Here are some of my favourites showcasing the amazing material developments with a particular favourite being Anita Hirlekar who's use of textile techniques is extraordinary.







Colour Provenance

9th January 2014

Exploring the provenance of colour in a world where we take colour for granted, Laura Daza Carreno - showing her final project work at Textile Futures work in progress show - looks to bring a revised appreciation of colour through an understanding of its history, whilst at the same time reviving colours that have been lost over time.

Exploring the ancient world of colour and through developing an understanding of how colour was sourced and created in the past, Laura hopes to create new colour from natural materials using traditional craft methods.

For instance her Mummy Brown is achieved from grinding down mumified animals whilst her verdigris, similarly to in historical times when the colour was first created, she is scraping rust particles to create raw and new pigments.





From Insects

8th January 2014

There are lots of projects and initiatives looking to insects at the moment, and the project from Marlene Huissoud showing as part of the work in progress show at Central St martins this week is exploring how insects waste could provide innovative future materials.

A second year on the Textile Futures course, Marlene comes from a family of bee keepers and was fascinated with the propolis - a natural biodegradable resin that the bees create.

Moving on from the idea of insects as future food, she sees insects more as co partners in the design process utilising their natural waste streams to create future materials and craft.









From Creatures

30th May 2013

There are a lot of designers, architects and restaurants that are going back to nature and exploring nature in new ways, but taking a really fresh approach to nature, sustainability and design is Moe Nagata who is soon to graduate from the Textiles Futures Ma.

I first blogged about her project in May when she was first revealing her project at her work in progress show. It has moved on incredibly since then and has taken a very different aesthetic turn which is incredibly sophisticated and unexpected.

Her project was inspired by ancient tribal based craft design that was rooted in animism and a symbiotic relationship with nature. Traditional tribes hunted for food and then used every last piece of the animal to make products such as teeth necklaces.

Nagata has taken that consideration into a very modern look with her From Creatures collection that uses the natural materials discarded from the fishing industry. Using shells and bones she has given them a surprising twist using laser cutting, dyeing and printing.

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