Amy Congdon
Tissue Engineered Textiles
2013-2019
Mixed media including textile scaffolds, 3D printed petri dishes, metal and glass tweezers, and prints
Images courtesy of the designer. PhD research undertaken at Central Saint Martins and supported in kind by the Tissue Engineering & Biophotonics Department at Kings College London 


Photographs courtesy of Glenn Michael Harper



Bio

Amy Congdon is a textile designer by training who has been working and researching the field of biofabrication for over ten years.


Titled "Tissue Engineered Textiles", Congdon's PhD Thesis showcases how textile craft can offer an iterative approach to materiality and offer an alternative methodology for scientific experimentation. As a science, tissue engineering is essential in sourcing parts for and repairing the body - from skin and blood vessels to the potential of whole organs in years to come.

Her practice-based research at Kings College Di Silbio lab aims to explore how traditional textile craft techniques can unlock future tissue engineering possibilities. By examining the control of cell growth and orientation around scaffolds and bio selective materials, Amy's practice can support the progression of regenerative medicine and future materials. One of the critical areas in Congdon's research is the design and development of scaffolds to support cell growth. Scaffolds are created to give cells the structures in which to attach and grow. Textiles offer a way to develop scaffolds due to their unique ability to mimic natural forms in the body, creating bespoke architectures that are often near impossible to achieve in other mediums.