Weaved – 3D fabric structures
After completing the “Traces” project, which involved processed folding of polystyrene sheets, designer Dana Zelig furthermore experimented, only this time with textiles and polymers together. The fluidity of form seen in the Traces project was based on the 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 the fabric was added with the polymer, the softness in the folds increased. The experiment is variable due to the different kinds of polymers and the different ways of applying them to the fabric, therefore results in promising – custom mixed plastic sheets as per required strength and flexibility. 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 result in fumes and evaporating or bending metal. 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 Dana’s programmable material blooms within a matter of minutes.
by : Sanjana Malhotra