This week Laura and I tried to improve our woven screen for the achievement of the best capabilities of collapsing or flattening while remaining fairly rigid. This series of photos demonstrates our current prototype and the transformation from a flat woven screen to one that is collapsed. The last photo shows the beginning of our thought process concerning the components of what will be our final project with the Arduino. Our goal is to create an opening and closing screen that is reactive to breath or wind blown into a microphone.


Jumping ahead to thoughts about arduino. To walk through rain without getting wet…. (sans umbrella…)

Installation by rAndom at Barbican in London.


Work from shindlersalmeron, a furniture architecture firm from Zurich. They use Grasshopper to find the form and saw-tooth patterns required for each bent wood piece of furniture. When the two components are milled, they are joined together and will only form the shape unique to the saw-tooth patterning. Form specific patterning.


Threading technique production and further exploration of the effects of geometry on functionality of woven mat. One recurring quality was transformation of surface area solid material coverage via shifting relationships between strips in a flat plane and 3D. Several functions presented themselves including canopy/screen, industrial textile, industrial design base material. Further iterations will include material testing and honing geometries for specific functions.



By revisiting a previous concept of threading strips (both simple and complex techniques),  we are considering varying applications by employing multiple geometries. Once the different strips are threaded together, a variety of properties can be explored, with different geometries lending themselves to different applications. We used paneling tools to develop each geometry.

Project 1.3_gridManipulation

Iterative sequencing of grid exploration. The second iteration is a diversion, and started to explore variable options within paneling tools.

While in the computer I thought the final iteration to be the most compelling, I now believe the fourth iteration to be more clear and dynamic. 

Honey comb installation

I see this as a possible direction to go in the development of my textile design. The expanding and contracting cells have seemingly limitless permutations.


I focused on pleating, employing a double pleat. With the use of a square of paper, it lends itself to reflection (as shown) or rotation if folded symmetrically. With a modified shape of paper, it could work well in any material operation. However with a square of paper, the pleat creates a contraction/expansion action when the raised bar is depressed (if paper is photo 4 position) - possibly a useful or worthwhile characteristic.

Sanburn - Paper weave

Sketch of a role the textile could have. Here it is securing crates to a dolly with some textile sheets covering the surface area of the crates while others hold down the crates. Same reusable material serving two needs. 

In search of a textile with multi-directional flexibility and bi-directional strength. Functionally, a material that could replace disposable wrapping materials used in industrial and commercial transportation and shipment of goods.

Inspired by the Trader Joe’s that use reusable shipping crates yet wrap them in industrial cling wrap for transportation to and from stores and distribution centers. Image to come.

Other avenues of interest for a similar transformable assemblage include canopy and sun umbrella designs.