form from flat

kathryn walters

Doctoral Student, Swedish School of Textiles, Universityof Borås

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ABSTRACT

The project Form from flat explored the creation of three-dimensional woven textiles through the interaction of material and structure. These textile-forms aim to challenge the process of forming textile objects and spaces, suggesting an alternative to textiles as passive materials for design. Their three-dimensional form is a result of the interaction of contrasting yarn properties, weave structures, and finishing processes. The contrast of shrinking and stiff yarns generates tension in the textile, creating distortions and separating layers. Each textile has a specific behavior,  generating its unique form and texture through a process of emergence. This process creates dynamic textiles, which change and evolve from two-dimensional loom woven fabrics to three-dimensional textile-forms; a complex textile system emerging over time. These images take advantage of the digital exhibition format to draw attention to details of form and texture in a selection of the experimental textiles produced during the project. These details both reveal and conceal different elements of these textiles’ design and construction, demonstrating an intricacy of texture and form at a scale that is often overlooked.

wHO AM I?

Kathryn Walters is a PhD researcher in the field ofsmart textile design. Her work exploreswoven textiles as complex systems, capable of transformativeand reactive behaviour basedon the synergistic combination of their materialsand structure, while simultaneously seekingto investigate the potential three-dimensional morphologiesthat can arise and be derivedfrom flat-woven textiles. Her research aims to demonstratethe potential for emergentbehaviour as an alternative to electronic smart textiles.

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