Phage art made by Texas A&M graduate student Veronica Egging
During her first year of the program, Veronica took Dr. Ry Young’s Critical Analysis class on the history and discovery of the bacterial CRISPR system and how bacteria use it to protect against infecting bacteriophages. This inspired her to make ceramic bacteriophages.
“Ceramics was something I did in highschool and picked up again immediately at the start of grad school as a method of stress relief”, Veronica said. “Science is an integral part of who I am and my chosen profession, but so is creativity and art. I firmly believe that a person needs creativity to succeed in research and that artist needs science to succeed in creating art!”
Phage Themed Gifts for the Hosts of This Week in Virology
Small business owner CeLynn Peeler made these phage-themed gifts for our guests when they came to record episode 502 of This Week in Virology with the Center for Phage Technology. For each of the TWIV hosts, she made a custom quilted pillow cover from paper-pieced patterns (designed by Mary Smith, @quiltgenius on Instagram) that depict a myophage with its tail fibers attaching to a bacterium and a zippered earbud case emblazoned with our CPT Podophage logo that can double as a coin purse.
CeLynn, who has always loved to craft, has been selling handmade items at fairs and in various online venues since 2010. Her specializations are in sewing handbags, quilts, and many other fabric-crafts and she enjoys adding her own twist in each project to create a unique and personalized product. While CeLynn has no scientific training herself, she occasionally consults with trained scientists to design science-themed articles that find a good balance of art and accuracy.