Sonja Baumel

Sonja Baumel has created  textiles that instead of evolving the human form Baumel changes its form and uses the human form to evolve her own textile. Therefore showing a different interpretation of the other designers/textile suits i have researched of which evolve the human body and its functions. Her project to I explore human skin and its potential. She has also created parts and has the potential to create a human body suit from this. The project is called In)visible membrane: life on the human body and its design applications, within this project she has a series of experiments called: –

Crocheted membrane

Oversized petri dish

Bacteria texture

Visible membrane I

Bacteria textile

crotcheted membrane– Crocheted Membrane

Baumel, S, (2009), Crocheted Membrane [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/works[Accessed 01 January 15].

oversized petridish– Oversized petridish

Baumel, S, (2009), Oversized Petridish [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/works[Accessed 01 January 15].

bacteria texture– Bacteria Texture

Baumel, S, (2009), Bacteria Texture [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/works[Accessed 01 January 15].visible membrane 1– Visible Membrane 1

Baumel, S, (2009), Visible Membrane 1 [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/works[Accessed 01 January 15].

bacteria textile– Bacteria Textile

Baumel, S, (2009), Bacteria Textile [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/works [Accessed 01 January 15].

“What fascinates me is the human skin, the layer between the inside and the outside. a second skin can be found on our skin. It is a layer full of life, which serves as a membrane for exchange. This body membrane is made from the same substance as the world. The human body does not end with its skin, but it is invisibly expanding into space. The hidden membrane is something between our body and our environment. We enter this invisible micro level with a microscope and then enlarge it with design.”

Bäumel, S. 2009. visible membrane. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/work/bacteria/visible-membrane-i. [Accessed 14 January 15].

“a second skin” – Perhaps a layer of textile that is naturally produced and will decompose naturally over time making it a non-polluted resource that is safe for the environment and perhaps can be given some function/ some purpose and use within the medical field.

Bäumel, S. 2009. visible membrane. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/work/bacteria/visible-membrane-i. [Accessed 14 January 15].

“What happens if we make the micro world of the human body perceivable? I want to confront people with the fact that our body is a large host of bacteria and that a balanced perception of the body is closely linked with a balanced perception of the self.”

Bäumel, S. 2009. visible membrane. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/work/bacteria/visible-membrane-i. [Accessed 14 January 15].

This made me think that in connection to my previous medical textiles research that perhaps the human bodies bacteria that Sonja Baumel has trapped within textiles (and made visible to the human eye) could be developed into medicines.

Can the bacteria being collected within the textile be developed to make medicine?

Can human bacteria on the body be used as medicine?

To carry on this idea perhaps i can experiment myself with growing human bacteria. Then growing this bacteria onto textiles so that it can be easily transferred (if needed) and can be seen easily. The idea of growing human bacteria onto textiles (which have been worn so the bacteria can grow) and the question of could it be possible to turn this bacteria into medicine to help others.

I looked into this further-

“But this new study reveals a surprising alternative scenario: bacteria in and on our bodies are already busy creating tiny factories that make antibiotics just as powerful and capable of targeting specific pathogens as the ones made by pharmaceutical companies.”

Paddock, C PHD. 2014. Antibiotics found in human body bacteria. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282636.php. [Accessed 14 January 15].

I feel that this is is what i want to research further. I want to research this further, analyse and self evaluate in relation to what i have learnt within my lectures.

Relating it back and questioning the :-

What are the functions?

What are its properties?

What is it’s fibre type?

Perhaps it can only grow on certain fibres?

How is it made?

What it can and cant do as a (human bacteria) textile

What could be the possible cost implications and does it have time restrictions?

I will need to show and create my own experiments to answer some of these questions myself.

Bibliography

Baumel, S, (2009), Crocheted Membrane [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/works[Accessed 01 January 15].

Baumel, S, (2009), Oversized Petridish [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/works[Accessed 01 January 15].

Baumel, S, (2009), Bacteria Texture [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/works[Accessed 01 January 15].

Bäumel, S. 2009. visible membrane. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/work/bacteria/visible-membrane-i. [Accessed 14 January 15].Bäumel, S. 2009. visible membrane. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/work/bacteria/visible-membrane-i. [Accessed 14 January 15].

Baumel, S, (2009), Visible Membrane 1 [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/works[Accessed 01 January 15].

Baumel, S, (2009), Bacteria Textile [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/works [Accessed 01 January 15].

Paddock, C PHD. 2014. Antibiotics found in human body bacteria. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282636.php. [Accessed 14 January 15].

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