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Weaved – 3D fabric structures 

After completing the “Traces” project, which involved processed folding of a polystyrene sheets,  designer Dana Zelig furthermore experimented, only this time with textile and polymers together. The fluidity of form seen in the Traces project was based on simple basis of energy absorption by plastic sheets. The difference between the reaction of the polymer and the black lines printed on the polymer sheet created the folds.

When fabric was added with the polymer, the softness in the folds increased. The experiment is variable due to the different kind of polymers and the different ways of applying them to the fabric,  therefore results in a promising – custom mixed plastic sheets as per required strength and flexibility.

Courtesy of Daniel Shechter.

Courtesy of Daniel Shechter.

Since the concept of this project is similar to the previous one, the plastic reacts to the heat and together with the pressed fabric results in three dimensional fabric structures. The folds are created by using physical-programmed patterns.  Simplifying the project, the change in form can be compared to a chemistry experiment, where different acids react differently and  results in fumes and evaporating or bending metal.

Courtesy of Daniel Shechter.

Courtesy of Daniel Shechter.

Dana’s aim to represent the richness of variations and patterns portrayed her inspiration by architecture. She also explained her process which is done with the help of Processing as a digital drawing tool. She laser cuts generative grid systems into polystyrene and then adjusts both materials together via a high temperature press machine.

She is planning to call the process – “Pattern to complex textile structures within minutes.” The video capturing the process of the fabric getting structured is quite enthralling. Were you able to relate it to the structural change of a bud to the flower in the process of blooming? The difference is that the blooming happens to take months, whereas the Dana’s programmable material blooms within matter of minutes.

by : Sanjana Malhotra


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