what has been

A bacteriophage (from 'bacteria' and Greek φᾰγεῖν phagein "to eat") is any one of a number of viruses that infect bacteria. Bacteriophages are among the most common biological entities on Earth. The term is commonly used in its shortened form, phage.

Typically, bacteriophages consist of an outer protein capsid enclosing genetic material. The genetic material can be ssRNA, dsRNA, ssDNA, or dsDNA ('ss-' or 'ds-' prefix denotes single-strand or double-strand) along with either circular or linear arrangement.

Phages are estimated to be the most widely distributed and diverse entities in the biosphere. Phages are ubiquitous and can be found in all reservoirs populated by bacterial hosts, such as soil or the intestines of animals. One of the densest natural sources for phages and other viruses is sea water, where up to 9×108 virions per milliliter have been found in microbial mats at the surface, and up to 70% of marine bacteria may be infected by phages. They have been used for over 60 years as an alternative to antibiotics in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. They are seen as a possible therapy against multi drug resistant strains of many bacteria.

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The hammock dome ladies and gentlemen.

The Pods were community built with donated and collected materials from within the community. I based the design for an interactive project that would also create an interactive space [in the construction phase, as well as in the display phase].

The Pods were on display at the 2009 Wakarusa Music and Arts Festival.


SeamstressErin is Erin, a mad scientist by day and seamstress by night. She’s a graduate student in biochemistry with a background in theatrical costume design. A little too into bright colors for good taste, she admits to having the taste of an overgrown 4-year-old.

granny.tron is hanna, a little bit grandma, a lil dirty.south, and a whole lotta funky sass. Fond of lichen and mixin-it-up, hanna’s a giant ball of energy and glue, sticking together friends, projects, and community in exciting new ways.

Together, SeamstressErin and granny.tron are KABOOK.L.wear. We’ve teamed up so we can share inspiration and energy. Our powers combined form something greater than our individual parts [you know, Captain Planet style]. Our crafts are part Erin, part hanna, and totally unique.

Craft [kraft, krahft]:
noun, plural crafts

1. creation by hand.
Creation takes time and every bit of time is a bit of love and positive energy we pour into the object [yeah, there’s more than a little bit of hippie in both SeamstressErin and granny.tron]. We’ve shared the love with friends, with family, and now we want to share with you. Kind of like a communicable disease, but in this case we’re spreading love and fun.

2. a fun and creative activity.
We love to craft. We’ve been crafting our whole lives. KABOOK.L is an excuse for us to practice the craft of craft, to poke at our creativity. We enjoy learning traditional crafts and spicing them up with our twisted aesthetic.

3. a builder of community.
Craft is something that brings communities together. Community inspires and shapes every stage of the craft - from the gathering of resources, throughout the act of creation, to the purposing of a crafted object.

4. a resource
We believe in reusing, repurposing, and recycling materials. It’s often a source of inspiration to find something at the thrift store and a fun challenge to give it an inspired new life.

Taxidermy: the act of mounting or reproducing dead animals for display or for other sources of study.

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Photos by Hanna Mesraty

Chinese Inspirations was held at the Healing Gallery, which was a student designed showing space that I helped establish while working at Life Styles Inc., a non-profit company supporting independent life styles for adults with disabilities.

While there, I designed and led a month-long Chinese Cultural Workshop. The curriculum focused on the discipline of Chinese Calligraphy, particularly the flexibility of the brush strokes and the hidden beauty of traditional watercolour techniques, patterns of textile complexity, and traditional ceramic vessel construction. I then assisted the students to design and curate their own exhibit with an opening ceremony serving tea.

Photos by Hanna Mesraty

The Granny Crochet Collaborative is an evolving group of crafty folks who repurpose tradition for modern functionality, with emphasis on community instructing and learning.

The largest project thus far was taking the traditional Ozark Mountain Crocheted Rag Rug, and repurposing the process to create shade and hammock seating for Strangelove, the art car for the 2009 Burning Man. The sheets would filter the light and catch the heat, not to mention were extremely comfortable hammock chairs!

For the Quilted Strangelove project, materials and time were donated by the extended Granny Crochet community. Once a new member would learn the process, they would then educate the next an so on. Process and technique would evolve for efficiency and creative means.