Back at studio drawings made with fat, using call fat ‘imprinting’ techniques
The production of the biodegradable glass scaffold, used to support tissue which is being repaired. However it is very fragile and degrades in air, so a delicate nonviable structural support, which seems impossible.
I am in the process of experimenting and looking at developing work from biological glass scaffold production – taking the fibres, which are virtually invisible, using the spinning manufacturing process to make forms to be manipulated into sculptures. In medical use the fibres are tested with current and light, so these sculptures can in turn act as screens or digital devices which can be enhanced with images sources from the gastroenterology department.
Work developed from biological glass scaffold production – taking the discarded products of the manufacturing process – in effect drips and stalagmites of the biological glass, as source materials for a small sculpture.
Zebra fish embryos which are bleached to determine sex, this made the fish transparent, which is interesting to me as my practice is very much about making the invisible, visible.
Embryo bleaching with Vanessa Lowe:
Visiting Bartlett School of Architecture and looking at the possibilities of using 3-D printing and robotic milling, perhaps other architectural processes, to upscale the microscopic devices and experiments.
Some already printed examples by Richard Beckett and Martyn Carter:
I am testing using fine metal cable wire, threading it through the lamb intestine, (like the technique used to damage arteries, or endoscopy). This give the intestine sculptural strength so it can be used in ways I’ve not been able to do before.
Preparing and cleaning lamb intestines:
Back at the studio experimenting with lamb and pig intestine’s, borrowing the air-enema approach used in the hospitals which in addition to giving the intestines form, makes the detail much more visible. I am making number of small works in progress to date and plan to develop this further.
Developed new approaches to working with cow and pig stomachs (regular materials in my practice), making new works by recreating some of the amazing patterns seen in the operating theatre from body’s internal cavities.
A found of great interest the production of biological micro-spheres in the lab, an experiments to consider the quality, design, shapes and forms for implantation in the body. This included testing the permeability of the structure to modulate the speed of absorption of medicine which is hosted in the spheres. Different production methodologies, using different chemicals and amounts of these chemicals informs the use of each sphere. The texture and patterns produced are extraordinary, and generally unseen to the naked eye.
Observing Panagiotis Sofokleous taking images of particles with SEM machine. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) is a machine that produces images of a sample by scanning it with a focused beam of electrons. The electrons interact with atoms in the sample, producing various signals that can be detected and that contain information about the sample’s surface topography and composition.
Dr Caroline Pellet-Many looking at result on the fluorescent microscope