Pollinator frocks

Ingham, Karen (2011) Pollinator frocks. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Pollinator Frocks was an interdisciplinary public engagement project involving prototype wearable technology clothing designed to raise greater awareness of the plight of the world’s insect pollinators. Each design is a mini natural history lesson about a particular plant-pollinator relationship. The project used bio-mimicry research into the way insects view flowers, taking into account theories of iridescence, ultra violet coatings, and pattern theory. The role insects play in pollinating is emphasised by visually enhancing the pollen grains associated with various host plants, achieved by using an electron-scanning microscope with a cryogenic chamber. Collaborators included the Surface Pattern Design department at SMU, National Botanic Garden of Wales, and entomologists, nano-technologists and engineers at Swansea University. The research question explored by Ingham and the engineers at the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating at Swansea University was if special coatings could be developed and applied to the designs that would attract and then feed alighting insects with nectar type coatings (fructose, sucrose, and xanthum gum) designed to offer pollinators attracted to the clothes a ‘food boost’. In this sense the clothing became something of a ‘wearable garden’. ‘Pollinator Frocks’ was part of the New Zealand art, technology and ecology event SCANZ (2011), which included public performances, workshops and talks, and a symposium and screening of the ‘Pollinator Frocks’ film at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. It was performed in the UK in summer 2011 and was a peer-reviewed conference presentation in Berlin as part of the Art in Society Conference 2011. There was global media interest in the project and a portfolio of cultural and social impact is available.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Citation: Karen Ingham, Pollinator Frocks.
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital design, wearable technology, performance, video, public engagement, bio-mimicry, engineering, environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Art & Media
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 09:44
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 12:56
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/271

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