My latest handwoven tissue scaffold (above). This weaving is done using four individual horsehairs and will be used to grow connective tissue on, in a biology wet lab. The connective tissue loves the intersection points of the woven structure and begins proliferation from there, the cells anchoring themselves at the junctures and then doing what they do: connecting together.
(See bottom microscopic images: connective tissue on handwoven surgical sutures and connective tissue grown on a weaving of my own hair)
They will be nurtured on this handwoven structure for several weeks, until the live tissue has completely integrated the weaving to form in vitro vital material. These are my babies and this is my thesis work, representing 2.5 years of research and 3 international laboratory-based research creation residencies. Publication forthcoming! The works will be exhibited in Montreal this November.
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