I’ve landed in Greenpoint Brooklyn!

Ivan, the French Bulldog.  Final photos coming soon. photo by http://petrakleis.com/

Ivan, the French Bulldog.  Final photos coming soon. photo by http://petrakleis.com/

textile master’s project

My master’s project is to create a textile wall design that invites interaction and utilizes the concept of shared creativity. This concept is a new term used to describe a product that is designed for the user/participant to personalize the object and make it his or her own. It will draw inspiration from the ‘70’s string art’, and the modular, shared creativity model of Makedo. An additional challenge of the project is to ignite the desire to share these designs with friends—either in person, online or both.

Testing.  A few tests from the weekend.

More detailed information can be found on my blog.

Looking at rope pattern, size, sheen and weight. I’m working towards striking the perfect balance between industrial and approachable, iconic and reinvention.

Looking at rope pattern, size, sheen and weight. I’m working towards striking the perfect balance between industrial and approachable, iconic and reinvention.

This project has been accepted into the DMY International Design Festival Berlin.

This project has been accepted into the DMY International Design Festival Berlin.

testing how to weave into the warp threads using flat printed fabric tape, twisted “fancy” yarn and variegated-dyed yarn.

testing how to weave into the warp threads using flat printed fabric tape, twisted “fancy” yarn and variegated-dyed yarn.

I took testing from small models to full size by using the wall in my tiny flat. This image shows the first version. Each vertical (warp) yarn was doubled and pulled taught between two nails. The tension between the warp yarns was enough to hold the position of the woven yarns and the floor to ceiling format was inviting and easy to design within. Another plus is how easy it is to undo or move the yarns to a new position. As I said this was the first design. I’ve already redesigned it three or four times, incorporating functional elements from sail construction.
Finally! The textures and functionality are beginning to come together.

I took testing from small models to full size by using the wall in my tiny flat. This image shows the first version. Each vertical (warp) yarn was doubled and pulled taught between two nails. The tension between the warp yarns was enough to hold the position of the woven yarns and the floor to ceiling format was inviting and easy to design within. Another plus is how easy it is to undo or move the yarns to a new position. As I said this was the first design. I’ve already redesigned it three or four times, incorporating functional elements from sail construction.

Finally! The textures and functionality are beginning to come together.

A sketch of the vertical wall warp structure.

A sketch of the vertical wall warp structure.

I was thinking it could be quite sweet to weave favorite textile scraps,  scarves and ties into the vertical warp threads. I don’t know about you  but I have a lot of treasured textiles (from family, travels or as  presents) and don’t have enough space to display them; this could be a nice solution.

I was thinking it could be quite sweet to weave favorite textile scraps, scarves and ties into the vertical warp threads. I don’t know about you but I have a lot of treasured textiles (from family, travels or as presents) and don’t have enough space to display them; this could be a nice solution.

Concept Sketch :: Anchor
Read more about my textile master’s project process by clicking on the picture.

Concept Sketch :: Anchor

Read more about my textile master’s project process by clicking on the picture.

"Fancy" Yarn Twists

"Fancy" Yarn Twists

InspirationA little boating dock in Kolding, Denmark—beautiful colors and textures can be found in the summer and winter.

Inspiration
A little boating dock in Kolding, Denmark—beautiful colors and textures can be found in the summer and winter.

My Workspace

My Workspace