A long time ago I shared my love of pattern in atomic or molecular structure in this post, and it appears crudely in these pieces. It's a theme I've been revisiting lately and I wanted to just note it down to keep reminding myself about it.
Through working with organisations like Manchester Science Festival, Nowgen and the Manchester Beacon I've since had the delight of getting know a bit more about science researchers and some of the topics they are exploring. This insight has somehow made my interest more real, more tangible. Though I can't pretend to begin to understand what on earth it's all about.
But I've started to see ways it can be made understandable, through work with artists, designers, writers and others. If they can do it - it can be done, maybe I can think about how some of the microscopic images could start influencing my textiles work in ways which is a little more authentic than the crude and entirely fictional atomic references.
Images courtesy of University of Manchester Life Science research groups: 1. GFP-tagged cytokeratin expressed in a human tissue culture cell, 2. A human tissue culture cell labeled for the Golgi apparatus (green), microtubules (red) and the nucleus (blue), 3. Intact and burst algae cells (C. reinhardtii) showing accumulation and release of stained lipid bodies, 4. Microtubules in a leaf cell, 5. Mouse cortical progenitor cell differentiated in culture showing a transcription factor localised to the cytoplasm (red), 6. Growth cone of a cultured primary Drosophila neuron stained against actin (green) and tubulin (purple), 7. Latex beads: Adhesion of latex beads coated with Lewis X to the AGS gastric epithelial cell line, 8. Pylori: In situ adhesion of H. pylori to mucosal epithelial cells in a biopsy sample from the antrum region of human stomach, 9. Insulin expression in pancreatic islet, 10. Sensory neuron growth cone (green= beta III tubulin, red=actin) (Natalie Gardiner), 11. Drosophila photoreceptors expressing channel opsin-2 labelled with Alexa fluor 555 (Helena Baines), 12.cell1