Faber Futures

17th February 2014

Exploring the intersection between nature, science, technology and data, ‘Faber Futures’ is a design project embracing a new craft.

Utilising biotechnologies in order to create a new level of materiality, Natsai Chieza's work explores how we can push the boundaries of textile design.

Extracting pigment from plants root's, bacterial colonies are then harvested to produce dyestuff. Using bacteria that she grows as 'an ink factory' she then uses textile techniques such as screen printing and dyeing using the colour that she harvests from the grown bacteria.

Her 'living factory' dyes silk in a petri dish creating unique patterns and colour. Working in collaboration with Professor John Ward and his Lab at UCL,London it is work in progress and deep in research with a wider vision of where such a practice could take the textile industry. Aiming for a pre defined colour chart from the synthesis of the bacteria is the goal.

The latest textile designs have been growing and naturally designing themselves during a 3 week long project that has been held at Central St Martins - Natsai's work was shown alongside a live design-science project in collaboration with the Medical Research Council as part of the ‘Fabrics of Life’ series.

For three weeks, a gallery at Central St Martins became an incubator studio where emerging designers and architects created new design scenarios around the questions of:

How can biology help solve critical issues connected to the explosion of data?

and

If a living material can store data, how do we design with it?

A series of 6 projects were developed exploring Big Data: Designing with the materials of life - the best of which I will post about in the coming week.

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