Carole Collet (Reader & Dy Director, Textile Futures Research Centre, Central Saint Martins College, London), Biolace
Carole Collet, Reader in Textile Futures, Deputy Director TFRC Research Centre, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, has been very active in conducting research into plant architecture, biological morphogenesis and synthetic biology. Carol’s research offers a truly profound perspective into how we might program plant cells to grow into ready-to-pick luxury textile products in the future. Should plants be genetically controlled to perform specific functions for us, there lies an opportunity to re-consider and re-evaluate our current design tools and methods.
If plants could be designed to replace textile machinery whilst also providing food, we are presented with an opportunity to address a looming ecological crisis caused by resource shortages and overpopulation.
Biolace presents a series of design probes that illustrate the potential of synthetic biology for the future manufacturing of textiles – what Collet calls biofacture.