CLARE OLSEN COMPANY
Competition entry designed collaboratively with Vasilena Vassilev. Project was one of four awarded as Runner up.
Drawing inspiration from textile crafts of quilting and embroidery, TEXtile is a playful, modular assemblage utilizing two materials and two structural systems. Anchored to a compression ring and stacked from the bottom up, the “tile” assembly gains greater rigidity through a modular “x”-form that gradates in thickness across the mesh. The tiles and brace pattern, both CNC milled from aluminum sheet material, create a visual airiness that has the lightness of fabric, but stability and sturdiness of a "brick-like" stack. Similar to quilt making, the tiles may be assembled and connected as needed by multiple crafters and then “stitched” together on site.
Clare Olsen and Vasilena Vassilev with the Digital Fabrication Alliance and associated students
TEX-FAB, Repeat, 2010
aluminum, colored felt, bolts
University of Houston, Repeat, February 2011
Rendering of TEXtile in atrium
Top plan showing tension cables
Crochet diagram for felt colorization
Rendering of TEXtile from above
Half scale mockup fabricated through the generosity of TEX-FAB and partners
Aluminum profiles fabricated through the generosity of TEX-FAB and partners
Half scale aluminum module fabricated generously by TEX-FAB and partners
Half scale mock-up assembly process
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