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For this work I draw ideas from the ‘natural origami’ of insect wings and unfolding leaves and also from paper folding techniques. A combination of yarn and weave structure creates pieces that pleat spontaneously when placed in water. Moving on from simple pleats, a silk/steel yarn gives a fabric with a ‘memory’ for additional pleats and folds. Strategic arrangements of mountain and valley folds can also form ‘origami’ structures that emerge naturally as the various forces play themselves out.

Pricing

£30 — £400

Keywords

weaving, constructed textiles, pleats, origami, metal yarn

Disciplines

Textiles

Materials

Textiles
Dragonfly Pleat scarf
Photographer: Ann Richards
This linen and silk scarf is flat while it is being woven and only develops its pleated structure when the piece is cut from the loom and soaked in water. The interplay of high-twist yarn and weave structure causes the pleats to emerge spontaneously.
Chevron neckpiece
Photographer: Ann Richards
Silk, steel and linen. The radiating pleats are ‘natural’ pleats formed by the reaction of yarn and weave structure when the piece is placed in water, while the chevron effect relies on the ‘memory’ of the silk/steel yarn.
Origami Neckpieces
Photographer: Ann Richards
Silk, steel and linen. These neckpieces, based on a classic origami fold, can be worn either way up, giving very different effects (shown left and right). The origami folds develop spontaneously when the neckpieces are placed in water

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