Autogenic Textile Design

The resulting autogenic bacterial design

The resulting autogenic bacterial design

The resulting autogenic bacterial design

The resulting autogenic bacterial design

The resulting autogenic bacterial design

The resulting autogenic bacterial design

The resulting autogenic bacterial design

The resulting autogenic bacterial design

The resulting autogenic bacterial design

The resulting autogenic bacterial design

The resulting autogenic bacterial design

The resulting autogenic bacterial design

Inoculation finished

Inoculation finished

Inoculation

Inoculation

Inoculation

Inoculation

The Bacterial Wargames are over but the sheet of polycotton on which they fought has been preserved and dried down. This brightly coloured fabric  might serve as a table cloth or be cut and fashioned into a dress or other garments.

The colours on the cloth are produced entirely from the growth of naturally pigmented bacteria and whilst humans were involved in the inoculation of the material, the final design is generated via the emergent properties of the bacteria themselves, and how they interact. The red and purple bacteria are aggressive and takeover large swathes of the material and invade zones containing other strains of bacteria. Other bacteria like blue and orangey brown produce antibiotics and set up defensive exclusion zones, where other bacteria are killed, and which prevent them from being invaded.

 

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