Bath's Annual Fringe Visual Arts Festival
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Fiona Haines - Matrix 1, 2 and 3


Grass roots

Over the last few weeks I have been navigating the BANES council to organise a  'behind the scenes tour' and explanation of the recylcing centre in Bath. This took longer than anticipated as I had  to track down the right manager and their return from holidy. Last week I spent a interesting afternoon with the team. It was a hot and humid day with a cacophony of smells wafting in the late summer air! The council have a workforce on the ground that assist the public in sorting their recycling into different zones. these waste products are then broken down further for reuse i.e. the garden waste is sent to a company in Somerset'Green Ore' who specialise in creating composte on a large scale. It was a fascinating afternoon.



Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Re - thinking Progress: Circular Economy

 Fabulous couple of days spent at the Bath University, the annual Summer Showcase focuses on disseminating the latest research in the area of Sustainable Chemical Technologies. The two day programme included presentations from International and Industrial Partners, academics and CDT students and some lively panel discussions and the impact of Brexit on this important collaborative work. The main topics included: Energy and Water, Processes & Manufacturing, Healthcare Technologies and Renewable Feedstocks & Biotechnology. I particularly enjoyed the ignite talks, each PHd student had 5 minutes to present their work to the audience and I was delighted that the presentations were accessible for those without a science background. The evening events had interactive options and included making a jelly work. The event highlighted the need for society and governments to re -think and to move from a linear method of "take, make and dispose" to a circular econeomy where technological and biological cyles are merged to form a circular economy, the link to the film on the Ellen MacArthur foundation hightlights this concept which was evident at CSCT showcase.


Material research

I have been thinking about the use of shells and plants by humans across  time and decided to visit the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford. Objects are grouped according to how they were made or used and the collection focuses on how humans tackled problems of daily living. It was fascinating to see Japanese armour and waterproof clothes made from plant materials. Shells were used for decorative purposes as well as vessels, instruments and for currency. 



Cell Culture Method

Marcus invited me to watch the transportation of cells in the Cell culture method. It reminded me of carrying out an aspetic technique in my previous nursing. It was fascinating to see the varying stages of cell growth and migration and the methods of counting the number of cells.

I have been thinking about the molecular structure of chitosan and asked Marcus to show me what if would look like using a piece of paper - the wave like structure reminded me of undulations on shells.