Programmable Knitting at Du sensorial au biomimétisme, Saint-Etienne International Design Biennale, April 6 – July 31.

A collection of my responsive textiles are on exhibition at the Du sensorial au biomimétisme (Sensory to Biomimicry) exhibition part of The Saint-Etienne International Design Biennale.

Knitted fabrics designed to promote bacterial-textile interactions are on show in the exhibition that runs from April 6 – July 31, 2022. This fabric collection was developed as part of Fibre Highways, an interdisciplinary collaboration with Molecular Microbiologist Angela Sherry investigating the potential for textiles to promote and guide the movement of bacteria for a new range of biohybrid technologies.

Programmable Knitting is also included as a biomimetic strategy informed by the hierarchical organisation of plant tissue and the pinecone hygromorph. This knit-specific system produces a wide variety of moisture-responsive shape-change behaviours engineered into the structure of fabrics composed of 100% natural fibres.

This international exhibition focuses on sustainable and sensitive approaches to the future through design: “From sensory to biomimicry explores the living in a sensitive form, in response to the ecological and societal crisis we are going through. This journey around materials, processes, the sensory and methodologies based on the living invites us to change our gaze for the construction of a more sensitive, complementary and above all sustainable future.” Exhibition Introduction.

Du sensorial au biomimétisme is open from 10.00 – 18.00 Tuesday to Sunday at Building H, 3 rue Javelin Pagnon, Saint-Etienne. For more information please visit the website.

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