Green stands for much more then just colour. For me its mainly associated with environment andnature. I always cared for an environment and in my work I am trying to be as ecological as I canand work with and create ethical products.Through "Midas microbes" collection I would like to direct recipients' attentionto the the issue of using up our planet's natural resources – problem proceeding in an astonishingpace – and to what we can do to prevent using up these assets.Scientists around the world are working on solutions to this problem. One of the most promisingavenues involves using large swarms of microbes to process and recover minerals. Some of thesebacteria occur naturally and can be isolated or developed using directed evolution techniques.Biologic processes (e.g. involving the bacterium cupriavidus metallidurans) are arguablyresponsible for many of the world’s largest gold deposits in countries like Australia or South Africa.Other approaches include engineering microbes using Synthetic Biology methods to increase theirmineral processing capabilities.Once they're readily available and perhaps found outside of labs, factories and mines, thesebacteria might be used for non-industrial purposes.Through this collection of jewellery I try to imagine how our collective and personal relationshipsto the metals like gold and silver will change in this possible near-future. What if microbes aren’tjust used for mining but perhaps to grow wedding rings on people’s skins?This collection is an ongoing project. I am still developing the idea of “gold that grows” - metallicobjects that might be grown by microbes residing on human skin.With this, first stage of the project, I present some jewellery inspired by these “Midas microbes” -bacteria that may be used to rebuild planet's natural resources of gold.
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