Lighter Than Air


Balloons just don’t get enough serious attention. These textile flying “machines” used to be the state of the art in getting man off the ground for observation, exploration and adventure. Now they’re relegated to afternoon excursions for adventurous vacationers or reserved for playboys with excessive disposable income.

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Extra planar textiles

It’s been a while, I know. Its not that I don’t have anything to say on this blog, it’s that I have so much to do. I know, it sounds like excuses, and it is, i know. However, it has been an enlightening year where I’ve learned more about structure, biology, chemistry, physiology and intellectual property than this brain can hold. It’s good… but I feel like I’ve abandoned this blog. I’m sorry.

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Making Denim for Roy

Thank you , Internets, for the steady flow of videos that celebrate the construction of textiles. This one turned up a few days ago via twitter: @lbruning and I think i’ve watched it 20 times already.

Back in June, I was first introduced to Roy’s work by way of an excellent video that showed his mastery of the craft. Now he’s working with Cone Mills, who has a long history with Denim, to create the perfect fabric for a 100% american hand made pair of jeans. They’re making the denim almost the same as they did 50+ years ago, probably on some of the same equipment and that’s the great thing about textiles: For all of the advances made in the industry, some things stay the same, and thats all right.

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Spiders Under the Influence

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There’s been a lot of talk lately about spider silk. Shawls made from spider silk. Genetically modified goats that produce spider silk milk. Its super  strong stuff and incredibly interesting for the future of high performance textiles. Great stuff, but I think we need to take the time to remember the important scientific work of seeing what happens to a spider’s web making ability under the influence of drugs.

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Playing with Toys to Make Machines that Make Fabric

 

This is inspired play. Never in my years of childhood mastery of Tinkertoys, Legos, Lincoln Logs and Erector Sets, had I ever risen to this level of engineering.

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Le Laboratoire

Le Laboratoire is a playground of ideas where science meets art or art meets science. Continue reading

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Medina Haram Piazza

In the city of Medina, the lunar cycles have been slowly advancing the time of the pilgrimage to Al-Masjid al-Nabawi from autumn to summer. In anticipation of that change, this stunning umbrella system was crafted to protect the pilgrims from the oppressive summer sun. Continue reading

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