Some Tests On The Resin Embedding of Bacteria

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These are tests that I did a while ago with artist Sarah Craske to develop a process for embedding bacteria in plastic resins.  Prototypes perhaps for bacterial jewellery or tableware. Commissions welcome

11 thoughts on “Some Tests On The Resin Embedding of Bacteria

  1. What a wonderful idea – I wonder if you know what actually happens to the bacteria, as in how long do they live in the resin or are they immediately mummified?
    Furthering this notion, if they do not survive against the initial heat build-up of the resin process, would they survive if the process was manipulated to be less heat intensive?
    Exciting work.

    • I have been working on this for several years now. Together with an artist we’ve made some beautiful work and are looking into way to exhibit our work. Yes, the bacteria do survive, grow and even chemotax towards the air in bubbles and sometimes fungi appear months later. Feel free to contact me should you want to do something together.

      • Let me know how things pan out as I would be VERY interested in applying this to my sculpture as I use resin regularly. After I have finished writing my sculpture book I will have some headspace to get involved – sometime in July the light should return.

      • Will do Jac. I love the idea of a sculpture which is designed to sequester spores and other microbial life from the air in order to embellish itself.

  2. I have been working on this for several years now. Together with an artist we are producing some amazing work. We are currently looking into putting all our work together for an exhibit. Feel free to contact me should you want to work together somehow.
    – Mehmet Berkmen

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