The design concept is inspired by the process of programmed cell death; deliberate cell suicide, which enables organs and limbs to develop. This process is crucial to the shape and function of every organism. Carole chose to echo this principle in her collection of garden furniture and textiles that will evolve with time; the final forms only to be revealed at the end of the ‘apoptosis’ process. Using biodegradable (natural) and durable (synthetic) materials. Portions of the furniture and textiles will slowly biodegrade to reveal different final forms. The process of biodegradation will also support C. elegans, which feeds on the bacteria that live in soil and compost.
Suicidal Textiles is a collection of sustainable garden textiles and outdoor textile furniture inspired by the process of apoptosis in C.elegans and the research of Sir John Sulston,
“Programmed Cell Death or Apoptosis” inspired the collection of suicidal poufs, parts of which slowly biodegrade over time to reveal a final form.
“Ubiquitous and Overlooked” inspired a collection of garden textiles which pays tribute to C.elegans.
“Common Threads” inspired the range of materials used in the production of the collection.
“Aperiodic repeat” inspired the design of a Toile de C.elegans with an aperiodic repeat, which plays with the historical icon of the Toile de Jouy but references DNA maps, and the C.elegans genome.