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Science+Art+Design Workshop Sustainable Dyes: Microbial Pigments

March 7 @ 3:50 pm - 5:10 pm EST

Free RSVP Required


Textile work is a $3 trillion-per-year industry which employs nearly 60 million people worldwide, according to economic research firm Euler Hermes and FashionUnited, an industry information resource. This industry has shifted its practices from chemical dye processes to natural dye processes and most recently has begun to explore biological pigments from bacteria, and algae to color textiles. This latter process reduces land and water use for plant growth, CO2 emissions required for heating dye baths, and chemical treatments required to chemically reduce the dyes to adhere to fibers.

Come to the labs to “paint with living bacteria,” learn how pigments can be applied to textiles, and how environmental factors and genetic differences affect color profiles.

Please note: This is a two-session workshop. You must attend both dates to see results. Please Register in the upper right-hand corner.

This event is sponsored by The Department of Natural Sciences & MathematicsEugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and The Provost Office.


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Relevant Resources:

Article: Bomgardner, M. July 15, 2018. These new textile dyeing methods could make fashion more sustainable. Chemical & Engineering News. 96 (29): Link)

Time Lapse Video and Ted Talk: Howard, J. April 4, 2016. This Artist Paints with Bacteria, and It’s Strangely Beautiful. HuffingtonPost (Maria Peñil Cobo NEB Labs, and TEd Talk– 15 min). Link


Additional Times:

March 8, 2019 at 10:30a.m.- 11:40a.m.
March 14, 2019 at 3:50p.m.-5:10p.m.
March 15, 2019 at 10:30a.m.-11:40a.m.


Location: University Center, Room 618 (All Days)



March 7
3:50 pm - 5:10 pm
Free RSVP Required
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