Finding beauty in Transition and the Function of a Cell

Jocelyn DeSisto1 Comment

No matter how much you anticipate and plan for transition you can’t predict the feeling of embarking on a new chapter. With the adrenaline of the move [ if you missed last weeks blog post on our new move to NYC ] wearing off and a tinge of unsettledness taking its place, this week has been about establishing new routines. Attempting to define a new sense of normalcy, we began setting realistic goals and expectations for our first year in NYC. That said, the best place to start was reminding ourselves why we set out to create Lot28, reawakening the excitement and passion that got us started. 


A creature of habit, I have a morning ritual of watching a quick 15 minutes TED talk while I have coffee. Today I stumbled across a clip, Visualizing the Wonder of a Living Cell presented by medical animator David Bolinsky

The clip detailed how Bolinsky and his team illustrate scientific and medical concepts through computer animation. Bolinsky identified the potential of animation early on as a powerful tool for explaining complex scientific concepts. Bolinsky emphasized the spark of discovery that lights up in students' eyes when they are able to apply visual representation to the concepts they’re studying. There is a unique connection forged when students deepen their understanding of concepts that they can then clearly explain to one another. 


Upon identifying the influential role that animation was going to play within the medical field Bolinsky co-founded XVIVO where he now works with schools and with medical and scientific firms translating the complex processes of microbiology into understandable and compelling films. 

Bolinsky and his team published “The Inner Life of a Cell” in 2007 in collaboration with the BioVision initiative at Harvard's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology to help illustrate parts of the cellular function. 

Watching Bolinsky speak passionately about the initiative of XVIVO, to beautifully and accurately illustrate biological processes increasing the understanding of complex reactions, I was reminded of the same joy of discovery that I founded Lot28 with. 

Bolinsky and his team have brought that which remains invisible to the naked eye into focus. Watching ‘Visualizing the Wonder of a Living Cell’ I was reminded of the story I set out to illustrate with Lot28. Using jewelry as a wearable vehicle and interpretation of environmental issues I strive to translate the complex and often unseen issues that are contributing to climate change in a new light. Similar to how computer animation has sparked the teaching curriculum for students today I believe the intentional inspiration of contemporary jewelry can be a catalyst to new conversation. 


My goal is to be transparent and honest with all of you in the journey of Lot28. We are still in our first year since launching last November; I am immensely proud of the progress we’ve made but in no way is it always smooth sailing. This week started off a little rough, I like to think I can be flexible and go with the flow but I don’t do well when it comes to uncertainty. Taking a moment to reignite the joy of discovery and inspiration that drives my work I was reminded of why I started Lot28. 


We are always on the lookout for new and exciting content happening in the world of microbiology and climate change. It is safe to assume that if you’re reading this, there are probably some overlapping common interests. 

We want to hear from all of you, what information have you come across lately that inspires you? We love new recommendations; comment and share below!