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Weaved. Programmable Textile – Modelling fabrics into three-dimensional structures

For the past few months, Tel-Aviv-based designer Dana Zelig has been experimenting with textiles and polymers to wonderful results. Exploring different kinds of polymers and different ways of applying them to fabric, the results of Dana’s experiments changed from week to week. Soon she will start producing costumed-mixed plastic sheets with strength and flexibility according to different needs.

With Weaved. Programmable Textile Dana is able to model fabrics into three-dimensional structures using physical-programmed plastic patterns. Following her experiments in physical programming with Traces, a project we reported on last year, she decided to examine the possibility of applying plastic to fabrics, by means of pressing them together, allowing the heat to manipulate the plastic, and the manipulated plastic to effect the adjusted fabric.

She suggests an optimal tension and movement by bringing the textile and polystyrene together in a new manner, inspired by architecture, and to showcase the richness of variations and patterns.

Dana told CAN that the process is rather simple. First she laser-cuts generative grid systems into polystyrene, then she adjusts the plastic patterns to fabric via a high temperature press machine – a process she plans to call “pattern to complex textile structures within minutes.”

Dana uses Processing as a digital drawing tool, based on the examples from the Generative Design book.

Polymers Specialist: Moshe Rubino
Photos: Daniel Shechter
Video: Editor | Vova Kozorovitsky, Director of Photography | Misha Kaminsky
Music | Sankt Gerold Variation 07