Bacteria-dyed scarves from Faber Futures

"The Fold" silk scarf No. 3
"The Fold" silk scarf No. 3

Bacteria-dyed scarf from Studio Natsai Audrey's collection, "The Fold"

"The Fold" silk scarf No. 4
"The Fold" silk scarf No. 4

Bacteria-dyed scarf from Studio Natsai Audrey's collection, "The Fold"

"The Fold" silk scarf No. 5
"The Fold" silk scarf No. 5

Bacteria-dyed scarf from Studio Natsai Audrey's collection, "The Fold"

"The Fold" silk scarf No. 6
"The Fold" silk scarf No. 6

Bacteria-dyed scarf from Studio Natsai Audrey's collection, "The Fold"

"The Fold" silk scarf No. 7
"The Fold" silk scarf No. 7

Bacteria-dyed scarf from Studio Natsai Audrey's collection, "The Fold"

"The Fold" silk scarf No. 8
"The Fold" silk scarf No. 8

Bacteria-dyed scarf from Studio Natsai Audrey's collection, "The Fold"

"The Fold" is a line of silk scarves individually dyed by folding the scarf to fit inside a 150mm Petri dish, then growing a particular bacteria colony on it for a period of 7 days. It is the work of Faber Futures, London-based "Design Futures R&D studio working in the realm of Living Technology, or Biodesign," founded by Natsai Audrey Chieza. 


The relationship between material and process is explored in this series of experimental bacterial prints grown on silk scarves. Driven by the tension between precise laboratory protocol and the creative tendency that often employes an intuitive approach, textile manipulation vis-à-vis The Fold becomes key to developing a new aesthetic language. 

Through a deliberate resistance to deviate from the standardisation of a petri dish, origami-like folds allow a whole scarf to fit within the confines of a 150 mm diameter vessel. The results are an array of stunning mirrored prints that morph and shift as pigment secreted by bacteria diffuses through layers of inoculated silk habotai.  Long after the peak of microbial activity is reached, a fine silk palimpsest serves as a record of what it was to live, then die, in 7 days.​

 

For availability: Faber Futures, London.