Young designer Iona Inglesby, graduated at Royal College of Art, launched a project that converts DNA data into graphic prints or patterned textiles.
Dot One, the brand created by Iona Inglesby, takes its name from the 0.1 per cent of each person’s DNA that differs from that of other human beings.
Obtaining the DNA pattern is easy: customers take a cheek-swab sample with a home kit, which is then sent on to a laboratory by Dot One to extract their unique DNA profile. Then, Dot One applies a computer algorithm to the DNA data that will be converted into colors and then it generates a unique pattern, which can be turned into prints or woven textiles.
Patterns show many colors and they feature different stripes or check prints, that remind of the classical British tartan.
“We assign a particular colour to every possible value in the range of genetic data,” said the founder of Dot One, Iona Inglesby “When we look at a DNA profile then whatever genetic data is in that sample the corresponding colours appear. We are looking at 23 points on the chromosomes with two values at each point, one from the mother and one from the father. The design is a repeat of this, as it is a lot easier to notice patterns of inheritance and similarities when you visualise the data in this way”.
Dot One works with weaver Helen Foot to create the woven textiles, handmade with exclusive lambwools.
Moreover, Iona Inglesby makes also family tree booklets that include graphic representations of the ways genes are shared between generations.
An interesting and unique project that throughout its founder’s creativity links two worlds such as fashion and genetics.