nobel textiles                   

“Nobel Textiles celebrates the scientific discoveries of five Nobel prize-winning scientists through future textiles and fashion. Design prototypes were created by five Research Fellows from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London.

Project pioneers: Amanda Fisher (Medical Research Council) and Carole Collet (Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) agree that: “Designers fundamentally shape the way we live, while science pervades the very fabric of our lives.” Nobel Textiles invites you to explore the interface between science and design.”

Brona McVittie,

(Science Communicator, MRC, CSC)

Copyright © by Carole Collet. All material on this website is the property of the author and associates.

Suicidal Textiles:

Carole Collet meets Sir John Sulston:

The suicidal textiles collection translates the principles of Programme Cell Death ( PCD) into a series of textile hangings, suicidal poufs (compost furniture) and garden cushions.

Click on the image above to view the full collection.


This project has been kindly sponsored by the Medical Research Council,Clinical Sciences Centre with the support of the ICA and Central Saint Martins college.

Other Nobel Textiles participants:

The Fat Map Collection by Shelley Fox inspired by the research of Sir Peter Mansfield

Now You See It, Now You Don’t by Rachel Kelly inspired by the research of Sir Tim Hunt

Metabolic Media by Rachel Wingfield & Mathias Gmachl inspired by the research of Sir John E. Walker

Self Assembly by Philippa Brock inspired by the research of Sir Aaron Klug

Please see to view more about the other 4 design projects and the Nobel Textiles film.

Nobel Textiles showcased the results of scientist-designer pairings and were accompanied by a series of events from 14th-21st September 2008 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and St James’s Park, London

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