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Noiz Architects: Honeycomb!

I want to play with this honeycomb furniture/art/textile/construction by Noiz Architects. This was designed and constructed for the lobby of Le Méridien Taipei in Taiwan. It is the corporate mandate of Le Méridien to attract the ‘creative guest’ and this … Continue reading

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Sharkskin

For the longest time I believed a sharkskin suit was actually made from sharkskin. What did I know? I grew up in rural Pennsylvania. I eventually figured it out. Sharkskin does show up in textiles often as a point of … Continue reading

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Lexus 3-D weaving

They oversell the technology a bit, it looks like they’re braiding tubes but the implication is they are weaving cars. Maybe they can’t show all of the technology for fear of idea theft, but it looks like they bought a … Continue reading

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Textile Book Club: Matilda McQuaid

Sometimes books change the way you think about your craft. I thought I’d start highlighting some books and exhibition catalogs that reset the way I thought about the potentiality of textiles, or re-opened doors I hadn’t considered for some time. … Continue reading

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Textile Concrete Formwork

Concrete between fabric; you’re probably familiar with it if you’ve done any tile work in the last 20 years. Similar to the way drywall is plaster made stable between 2 sheets of paper, concrete board is given shape and stabilized … Continue reading

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Umbrella Parachute Roof

Continuing with the theme of architectural textiles that I seem to be headed down lately, I present to you the retractable roof of the Festungsarena Kufstein in Austria; an outdoor performance space placed in the fortifications of the 14th century … Continue reading

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Warren Seelig: Oculus

Warren Seelig sent these photos of his current installation at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine. Titled Oculus, this installation is in the rotunda of the museum and is constructed of thousands of strands of monofilament intersecting in harmony to … Continue reading

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The Art of Structure

I believe engineering can (and should) be inspiring, inventive and beautiful. So I knew that part of my Thanksgiving trip to Pittsburgh would have to be spent at the Carnegie Museum of Art to see the dual exhibition: The Art … Continue reading

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