Bacterial Growth

4th August 2011

Being somewhat obsessed some might say with bacteria and mycelium I was very happy to come across the work of textile designer and recent graduate from Central St Martins Ba Textiles, Erdem kiziltoprak.

Clearly taking inspiration from Suzanne Lee and the Ma Textile futures course at Central St martins he is pushing the boundaries of design and materiality.

Growing and culturing his own materials he is also playing with bacterial with fluorescent pigments and is creating entirely new patterning that he then translates through textile printing to fabrics. He is also printing with unusual materials such as plaster of paris and yeast resulting in his fabrics cultivating real mould on the top of his printed pattern creating living patterns on fabric.

He also explores movement in his textiles to suggest growth and in doing so makes the invisible growth of bacteria visible. Using shape memory alloys he creates a second layer on the body that acts as the interface between skin and bacteria.



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