I took part in Anna Dumitriu’s “The Romantic Disease” workshop at the Waterman’s Art Centre yesterday. The participants made textile designs and instructed me to inoculate them with pigmented bacteria back in the lab. The initial incocula were faint and nearly colourless so the colours on the resulting textiles, that can be seen here, are generated by the growth/movement of the bacteria as they respond to the textile designs. The pigmented bacteria give rise to the purple and red colours. A collaboration with very unruly life forms!