Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Wirework 1

I'm intrigued by the idea of 3-D woven structures. This led me to make this sample with wire integrated into its design. The 11 visible horizontal lines are wires wrapped in weft then inserted into the warps. There are also 7 vertical wire warps which were woven alongside cotton warps at regular intervals. Together they create a grid of wire squares, meaning the tapestry can retain the desired shape when bent in any direction or molded around different objects.

The tapestry is reversible with no ends so it can be viewed from both sides. The number and size of wires inserted in future samples would depend on the strength and bendability required. It throws up a whole range of possibilities.

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