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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.


£30 — £400


weaving, constructed textiles, pleats, origami, metal yarn




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 Richsrd
The fabric for these neckpieces is flat on the loom, with the origami effect developing only when the fabric is wet finished. The neckpieces can be worn either way up, giving a different appearance, shown left and right.

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