Dr. Frances Geesin, a researcher and textile artist, is a winner of the NanoArt 2008 competition for her magnificent work with electroplated textiles inspired from microspcopic images of the invisible elements in our world. Working from nano images, Geesin is inspired by the complex and layered world revealed through the electron microscope. She translates these hidden structures and patterns into beautiful 3D forms. “Six Hollows” (pictured above) was inspired by nano-capsules designed for drug release. The pieces are created from thermoplastic and electroplated in nickel.
“Silver Rolls” are inspired from the fibrous structure that constitutes bone tissue. Geesin created the piece by first flattening fabric in a heat press. She then created a lattice, mimicking fibrils network, by drawing with a fine tipped soldering iron into the thermoplastic material. The fabric was also plated with silver on one side.
Micelles Silver is an electroplated and manipulated thermoplastic tape. It is inspired from micelle formation, an essential process for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and complicated lipids within the human body. For more of Dr. Frances Geesin’s work, please visit Nanoart21.org.