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TEXtile

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.

 

Team:

Clare Olsen and Vasilena Vassilev with the Digital Fabrication Alliance and associated students

 

Competition:

TEX-FAB, Repeat, 2010

 

Materials:

aluminum, colored felt, bolts

 

Exhibits:

University of Houston, Repeat, February 2011

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