Monday, 31 December 2012

Some artists who use textiles for 3D work

Examples of the way an artist manipulates fabric in 3D

Jennie Rayment 'The Calico Queen'
I went to one of Jennie's workshops at the V&A a few years ago. Her enthusiasm, humour, and freedom to experiment were inspiring and have led me here to this course.

Deepa Panchamia
This is the breathtaking version of folds and pleats...
Detail of folded textile by Deepa Panchamia
These two photos show some of the ways this English artist manipulates fabric, but there are many more, and often less obviously decorative - especially using rings or glass spheres to stretch it over. It's worth checking out the website.
Rowan Mersh Future Landscapes 2007
Rowan Mersh jewellery 2008-9
I've put these images here because seeing them has broadened my idea of what you can do with 3D manipulation of fabric. And again there's such a variety over a relatively short time, and no restriction to textiles in the art works.

Department of Textilesmithing
'Textiles. Not just for fashion any more.
I'm not sure how useful this is, but it's very enthusiastic. There's a funny entry about the effect of various stimulant drugs on the weaving skills of spiders. It makes me think I could do something with weaving like a skider, rather than in squares or rectangles. I'm sure it's been done before - find out.

In fact there's a lot of value in trying it out first, to see what I come up with, rather than just copying other people's stuff. And then looking around to see what other people have come up with.

Here is a link to a fantastic page of designboom which shows relief woven stingrays.
Again, this has made me think about how I could incorporate some kind of modified rug-making into embroidery.

Samira Boon - Dutch textile company
There's something very satisfying to me about these boxes with sides made of yarn, going off into the distance. You'd have to make a loom specially to do such a thing, with depth as well as width and length. I would love to see this hanging from one end and blowing in the air currents. What would that do to the light in and out of these pockets?
Samira Boon
aleksandra gaca
So I think this fabric is designed to absorb sound from all directions. Now that was not anything I thought of when I was compiling a list of uses of textiles under Maslow's hierarchy of needs. In fact, I stopped looking  because there were just TOO MANY uses, especially in the top two or 3 sections of the pyramid.

Anyway, I like the regular lines + iinsect egg 3D shapes + square texture in different scales.
Perhaps I could try doing that - 3 contrasting shapes in different scales.

Acoustic fabric 3D TEXTILES - Casalis
Acoustic fabric designed by Aleksandra Gaca for Casalis

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