Fabric Model


I experimented with lighting this piece from so many different angles, using different light sources, trying with the camera flash off or on – and it wasn’t until I held it up against the lamp and let the light shine through it that the folds, stretches and bunches were revealed as I could see them with my own eyes. Instead of using the skeleton island form, I created a new cuboid armature using kebab sticks. The wire skeleton was too flexible to provide the kind of strength required to hold the fabric in tension, and I wanted a regular shape inside which to form a footprint-shaped impression reminiscent of the concave underside of the unit island. I love how quick the transformation of the fabric’s shape could be effected. Unlike the cardboard – which had to be ‘drawn’ onto and then cut before assembly – and the wire – which required a fair amount of effort to bend -, the fabric could be swiftly pulled in any direction by the attached cotton thread and played around with before being secured – and snipped to begin again if a change was desired. There was also a gracefulness and a quality of elegance that the fabric owned, which contrasted starkly to the solid cardboard and the vacillating wire.


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