C-MOULD is the world’s largest collection of microorganisms for use in art and design. We are pleased to announce that we have just acquired a Nikon Eclipse Ni-U Differential Interference Contrast  Microscope with 10x, 20x. 40x and 100x DIC objectives and a D5100 camera system. This amazing microscope is now available for the use of collaborating artists.

” So in a single drop of water the microscope discovers, what motions, what tumult, what wars, what pursuits, what stratagems, what a circle-dance of Death & Life, Death hunting Life & Life renewed and invigorated by Death … a many meaning cypher” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Narratives Of Dust

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“There shall be in that rich dust a richer dust concealed”

Where it is left to settle and left undisturbed, dust will form an informative yet fragile grey stratum.  If they avoid the gaze of the avid cleaner, these deposits can be ancient and being made mostly of shed human skin, animal dander, and microfabric fibres, a  layer of dust, like sedimentary rock, can hold a fragile record of  life,  passage and occupation. Here I have collected dust samples from neglected and overlooked corners and crannies from buildings and examined these under a microscope so that each sample came to  reveal its own unique story. I like to think of these as microscopic sagas that settled directly from the air itself,  long after their participants had left the scene,  and in the ensuing silence, the  room’s atmosphere had stilled to allow this to happen.


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Lichens are composite organisms comprising a fungal partner and a different photosynthetic organism (usually a cyanobacterium or algae), that exist together in a symbiotic relationship. I came across these lichens on the Northumbrian coast and was drawn to them by the way that they seemed to resemble a planet as seen from space. They have created their own geographies on the rocks, and like we have done, generated borders and demarcation zones.