bioLeeds is a group of people interested in art, design and making with biology in Leeds city region.

Textiles & Proteins

The Textiles collaboration is a work between Andy Wilson, Rhiannon Gregory, Dr. Lorna Dougan and Paul Turner. The group are contrasting the methods and mathematics behind weaving and textile production with that of protein sequences and how these inform their function. The group is looking to output a series of weavings, based around the amino-acid sequences of cold-shock protein that is highly variable by organism. Dr. Dougan studies these organisms – known as extremophiles – and the group as a whole are interested to see how minor changes can result in vastly different results, while some other changes might see no variation at all.

As part of the project, the group will be making use of looms, working out how to transliterate amino-acid sequences to peg plans in non-arbitrary ways, and are even looking at constructing a custom loom for use at ASMbly 2015. This also means a lot of looking over the mathematics and methods for weaving and textile production, which aren’t so different from proteins after all…