Zimbabwe born artist Natsai Audrey Chieza has discovered an engrossing new way to create ink by using bacteria. In a textile project called FABER Features, the London based designer and researcher uses dye made from soil bacteria to paint scarves. The designer discovered some bacteria taken from the roots of herbs including tarragon and sage create different colors when cultured.
Just as the colors from the bacteria ink is unique, the dye also creates unique patterns as the microbes soak in silk material. Naturally, Natsai Audrey Chieza decided to display her discovery on silk scarves. In collaboration with John Ward and the Ward Lab at UCL, FABER Features was featured in an exhibit in Paris last year called 'En Vie-Alive.'
Biocultured Colored Scarves
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