Sometimes textiles seem to live and breathe as they react to their surroundings. Exactly these characteristics are central in the Architextiles research project which we took part in together with Ed van Hinte, Margreet Sweers, Saskia Roelofs and Mireille Hofwijk. Within this project, our multi disciplinary team looked at ways to intensify, integrate and make visible the almost organic characteristics of textiles.
Fokkema en Partners
Ed van Hinte, Margreet Sweers, Saskia Roelofs
Creative Industries Fund
Looking at ways to incorporate innovative textiles in interior spaces, the team took two main starting points: the form of textiles and their movement. Form refers to the textile itself, whether that be course or fine, fluid or stiff, light or heavy. On the other hand textile can be a moveable material, one that is much more flexible than other building materials and perhaps one that can influence the mood and dynamics of a space.
3D TEXTILE STRUCTURES
In turn, surrounding conditions influence materials and their characteristics varying from human interactions to climatological changes such as wind, sun and heat.
To present their findings, the team hijacked the entrance of the Textielmuseum for one day, creating an architectural installation made from three different types of yarn banana leaf (abaca), mohair and paper.
Thanks to innovative programming, a weaving machine created textile made from three layers that cross and form ‘voids’.
These small compartments or rooms enclosed visitors, each offering a different atmosphere thanks to different yarn combinations. This new weaving technique offers a multitude of (temporary) architectural applications thanks to its ability to create seamless linked spaces in a single session.