top of page





Colour innovation 

Carried out at

MA Biodesign

Central Saint Martins

University of the Arts London

Conducted with 

Carolina Kyvik Ruiz

Eleonora Rombolá

Cassandra Quinn

Kit Ondaatje Rolls


Nancy Diniz | Course Leader

MA Biodesign

Carole Collet | Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures 

Alice Taylor | Lecturer of Biology and Living Systems

Shem Johnson | Grow Lab Specialist Technician


London  —  UK


Jan. 2020

Utilizing Bacteriology in Fashion for Ocean Conservation: Dyeing with Natural Bacteria, Janthinobacterium lividum.

The fashion industry stands as one of the most polluting sectors globally. Since the 1990s, the dominance of fast fashion has profoundly shaped this industry, resulting in extensive greenhouse gas emissions and a profoundly destructive environmental footprint. Amidst the pressing challenges of our time, safeguarding our oceans and ecosystems demands collective action. We each bear a significant responsibility in fostering natural and sustainable alternatives within our creative processes.

Bacterial pigments hold promise across various applications due to their enhanced biodegradability and greater compatibility with the environment. In this project, we engaged with an aerobic bacteria commonly found in soil, which produces Violacein.

Capture d’écran 2020-10-02 à 16.07.51.

Samples evolution on 5 days | Substrate: linen, cotton canvas, tyvek, viscose, wool fibers and cotton calico.

Results of the bacterial innoculation after 5 days.

Dried samples | Results after washing.

bottom of page