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Three 'Profeseers' of UWA develop wine fabrics

Mar '07
It would be a hard kick for wine lovers to know that whats elixir for them today, helps make fermented fabrics of tomorrow.

The three 'Profeseers' from Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia in collaboration with SymbioticA: The Art and Science Collaborative Research Laboratory, have undertaken project Micro'be' to convert wine into a cellulose product.

Smelling of red wine and carrying a feel like sludge when wet, this cotton-like cellulose dress when 'grown', fits snugly as a second skin.

Bacterially fermented dress fabric fermented by living microbes made from wine, can push the $229.5 billion per annum Australian fabric manufacturing industry to a new high!

In an exclusive telephonic chat with Fibre2fashion, contemporary artist Donna Franklin shared her views echoing other two fellow researchers: scientist Gary Cass, information technologist Alan Mullett's experiences:

Q. What inspired you and your team to undertake this research?

A. As an artist, I have always had a fascination with biological entities and systems. Previously, I did my Masters at Edith Cowan University. As a part of my research, I was an artist in residence at SymbioticA. I produced a living garment out of fungi (Fibre Reactive). This is how I met Gary and Alan.

In the Institute of Agriculture (FNAS) laboratories, Gary and Alan were working with the bacteria and we decided over a glass of wine to produce garments.

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