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I am a fashion-led researcher, operating at the intersections of microbiology and fashion design research. My doctoral study at the Royal College of Art is practice-led and focuses on collaborative mechanisms between fashion-led research, microbiology, and bacteria. In my research and practice, I work on and around bodies – human and non-human – understanding fashion practices as agential and material relationships between co-actors in-flux. Through my practice I have produced: materials which light-up through the imbuement of glowing, bioluminescent bacteria; photosynthetic, self-healing and self-repairing hybrid bacterial-material fabrics; and laboratory-grown bacterial cellulose. These materials were produced in collaboration with microbiologists and synthetic biologists at Cambridge University, Surrey University, and Imperial College London. I am part of the London Doctoral Design Centre (Arts and Humanities Research Council).
My practice has featured in national and international exhibitions, including: Design and Science exhibition 2020, Vienna Design Week, Istanbul Biennial, SHOWstudio Fashion Film Award and as part of the National Science Foundation’s ‘Big Ideas’ Competition 2020, as well as in publications including: Wired, Nylon, U+Mag, Higgs magazine and Design Exchange.
I am regularly invited to speak about my research, including at: Focus Textil Fashion Summit 2020, Victoria and Albert Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology, Waag Institute, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Munich Fabric Start, and the University of Western Australia.
I have recently contributed a chapter for Leslie Atzmon’s Design and Science (forthcoming 2021). My Harvested Sunlight project with Dr Simon Park is included in Rachel Armstrong’s Experimental Architecture: Designing the Unknown (2020).