Ergane

a textile pattern project

Fashion is a powerful communication tool : it gets a lot of media coverage and is expressed in our everyday life. Therefore, this project uses fashion as a communication tool to promote cross-overs between science and design, as well as the importance of sustainable values. The prints are designed as an eye-catcher and a converstaion starter to promote curiosity on scientific topics and other subjects related to nature. The inspiration for the prints are communicated to the customer with references and small stories linked to the topic. We hope to inspire our customers through unique and beautiful print designs that have a meaning and inspiration that they can share with others. Here is a selection of the prints we developed so far.

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Abysses

I find the abysses particularly mysterious and fascinating, that is why I wanted it to be the topic of my first print! As I didn’t know so much about it, I did a bit of research and selected some creatures to mix up in a print! Here they are:

🐠 The tripodfish is almost blind (but at 6000 m below the ocean, there is probably not so much light^^). His reaaaallly long fins allow him to “sit” at the bottom of the ocean and feel vibrations created by creatures moving in the sands. It is hermaphroditic too, which means it produce both the gametes of a male and a female. Here is a cool video of a tripodfish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOKdog8zbXw

⭐️ The common Brittle Star is closely related to the starfish family. Some species can be found up to 8000m below the surface of the ocean!

🐠 The Rhinochimaeridae, whose nose reminds of a Rhino. His long appendicle allows him to localize little fishes that he eats. It can be found at up to 2000m below the ocean’s surface. Here is a super cool video of a swimming Rhinochimaeridae: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_QJ8oHsfkM

🐙 The dumbo octopus: the cutest octopus ever but quite rare 😊 He lives between 1000 and 4000 m depth, and maybe even deeper. Here is a nice video of a dumbo octopus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl4pqu5FTaI

I drew them with watersoluble graphite pencils from Caran d’Ache :)

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ice age

This print is a tribute to some extinct Ice Age animals. There are several possible explanations for the disappearance of the giant mammals that lived during the Ice Age. For some, climate change is responsible. This is the case, for example, for the furry rhinoceros, which could not adapt to warmer temperatures, nor migrate to a habitat more favorable to its survival. For others, human migration to more and more ecosystems may have also precipitated some changes, this could be the case for the mammoth for example, which was largely hunted by humans. But this is probably due to a mixture of the two. Some have survived, like the deer. In any case, I find it fascinating that we can still find whole bodies of these animals preserved in the ice for several tens of thousands of years, like Lyuba, the baby mammoth. We won't be able to see them in real life (well, okay, some of them were probably really scary!), so here is a little cocktail of some of them gathered on this print: the saber-toothed tiger, the mammoth, the megaceros deer (its antlers) and the beautiful armadillo (Dasypus Bellus, from the patterns of its skin).

To create this print, I first drew some of the animals with pencils. Using scans of these drawings, I drew the animals digitally, then arranged them to create this pattern.

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Bats

Bats are such cool animals! They use echolocation to map their surroundings at night, meaning that they can emit sounds which will then « bounce » on elements of the environment and return under the form of an echo into their ears. By emitting sounds of different frequency, bats can detect elements of different sizes, shapes and at different distances.

There is a cool video on this mechanism:
https://youtu.be/laeE4icRYp4

This print was created with watercolors on paper then scanned and edited in Photoshop.

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Cryo-genius

Do you know the Rana Sylvetica, the wood frog? This frog, which lives mainly in the forests of the USA and Canada, allows its vital functions to freeze almost completely during the winter season. Thanks to a storage system of glucose and urea, among other things, it avoids the degradation of its cells when freezing and thawing in spring, and can thus survive temperatures down to -18°C! When I learned of their existence, I was fascinated, and decided to dedicate a print to them by drawing frogs in ice cubes!
https://www.maxisciences.com/grenouille/ces-extraordinaires-grenouilles-qui-gelent-en-hiver_art32442.html

To create this print, I first painted each frog individually in its ice cube with blue ink. I then scanned my drawings and arranged them to create the final design! I loved the blue, which reminded me of the cold of winter, but is also a rather calm color, like those frogs patiently waiting for the warm weather!

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states of water

Ah, water! So vital and essential and at the same time so much a part of our lives that we forget how scarce it can be in some parts of the world. Did you know that water is one of the few compounds that takes up more space in solid form than in liquid form? I'm sure you've left a bottle of water to cool in the freezer thinking you wouldn't forget it, only to find it a few hours later, completely exploded! This is because the water molecule is made up of one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms. Oxygen is negatively charged while hydrogen is positively charged. The molecule is therefore polarised, and can form hydrogen bonds between the oxygen in one molecule and the hydrogen in a neighbouring molecule. When the temperature is below 0°C, the molecules arrange themselves in hexagons to take these hydrogen bonds into account, which does not really optimise the arrangement of the molecules in the ice structure. It therefore takes up more space! This printout is inspired by the molecular structures of water in each of its states, starting with the solid state, then the liquid state where the molecules are no longer arranged in crystals and finally the gaseous state where they are much further apart!


https://www.chemtube3d.com/ss-ice/

I created this print only on the computer, using images of the molecular structure of ice. After trying several colour combinations, I decided on pink, red and light yellow. I love the contrast between the coldness of ice and the warmth of these colours!

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