In this conversation, two designers - Linda Nurk and Faber Futures’ founder Natsai Audrey Chieza, discuss their experiences of collaborating with living organisms in the design and making process; the role of designers within the bio-tech industry; notions of scale and mass-production as well as the role craft can play in proposing a different version of scale-up.
From left to right: Project Coelicolor, Bacterial Dye R&D, Faber Futures x Ginkgo Bioworks, 2017 courtesy of Faber Futures. Project Coelicolor, Bacteria dyed textile samples, Faber Futures, Design Museum, 2020, photo by Felix Speller. Project Coelicolor, Assemblage 002, Bacteria dyed reversible silk coat, Faber Futures in collaboration with Professor John Ward, Department of Biochemical Engineering, University College London, commissioned by Cooper Hewitt Museum, 2019. Photo by Oskar Proctor. Linda Nurk collage, photo by E. Hall. Linda Nurk material sample, layering. Linda Nurk, Couture vivant, photo by Sara MacKey.