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Breathing Colour – the Woven Movie

  • Year: 2017
  • Material: Various weaving techniques, various materials
  • Commission: Initiated by the designer
  • Category: Exhibition
  • Category: One-offs / experiments

The Woven Movie is made up of nine woven textiles. Each depicts a colour catcher – one of the exhibition’s recurring motifs – at a different time of day. You can view the textiles individually or as a sequence of still frames in a woven movie.

The textiles are made from different materials, textures and finishes, using a process of optically mixing yarns to create the desired visual effect. The work endeavoured to find weaving solutions that could be applied at a large industrial scale.

By weaving in several materials, with different textures and finishes, these textiles produce a range of vibrant colours as well as a spectrum of rich and varied blacks. This effect was first documented in 1839 by the French chemist Michel Eugène Chevreul, who noticed that how we perceive a colour is influenced by other surrounding colours.

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