Ivy wall- Bacterial Cellulose

Maddie Olsen, Fiber ’23

Project Overview

This project explored a material question of if synthetic dyes designed to work with cellulose-based textiles would dye the bacterial cellulose. The dye was screen printed onto the dried cellulose. The image was put inside a ceramic frame. This piece is called Ivy wall and is based on the shape of a certain patch of ivy growing on a building I often notice. The forms from the print echo the variations in the glaze.


The growth process took about a month from adding culture to the media. I dried the cellulose on a plastic mat before screen-printing on it with MX dye.