[cancer|art] Gene sequence scarf

Astrid Bear has delivered the first of the genome scarves!. She took part of the base pair sequence of my Chromosome 18, the one most likely implicated in my colon cancer, and translated it into a weaving pattern.

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Astrid, me and the scarf

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Scarf detail with Official Clarion West FancyPants™

As I said last week, that’s me there, encoded in the yarn. A tiny little fraction, about 18/6,000,000,000 of my genetic code. A celebration of my life and a poke in the eye of my cancer via the medium of fabric art.

Astrid is so amazing. I love this. I love all it represents.


Photos © 2013, Lisa Costello

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29 thoughts on “[cancer|art] Gene sequence scarf

  1. Cora says:

    That’s such a cool idea.

  2. homa_bird says:

    that is just. so. beautiful. You must be a very special and wonderful friend and all around human being to inspire such a thoughtful, absolutely gorgeous piece of creative weavery. Just blown away.

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