A peek at Fabric Folding

I was able to sneak a peek at the results of the second Art, Architecture and Design department Hammerschlag Design Series Lectures. The invited artist, Kentaro Tsubaki presented a lecture, “Foldout Drawing: A Projective Drawing for Fabric Forming.” You can read more about this pedagogical approach in his article of the same title in the Journal of Architectural Education. Students were also invited to participate in a design/build workshop complementing the lecture. The workshop was done over three days. Students made forms, filled them with wet plaster, gave the wet plaster time to cure, and then released the forms by Saturday morning. Many of the students participating the workshop had to master skills on equipment they had never touched before – like… sewing machines! (do we pine the loss of home economics courses in high school now?)

The forms were a bit of a Tromp Le Touche (my made up phrase for fool the expected sense of touch, a modification of Trompe-l’œil; “an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.” – thank you Wikipedia). You might see what I mean from some of the images I took of the unveiling Saturday morning.

Thanks to Professors Tony Viscardi and Nik Nikolov for letting me witness the moment.

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