Hella Jongerius - Jongeriuslab


Space Loom

  • Year: 2019
  • Commission: Lafayette Anticipations
  • Production: Jongeriuslab
  • Category: Exhibition
  • Category: One-offs / experiments

The Space Loom was developed as part of Interlace, textile research, commissioned by Lafayette Anticipations.
This evolutive exhibition showcased live research and production on the theme of weaving. Throughout the three months of the exhibition, three looms—the Space Loom, the Seamless Loom, and the digital TC2 loom—were activated by a range of professional designers working at, or invited by Jongeriuslab.

In the centre of the building, the exhibition tower looked like a monumental loom: warp threads more than 16m-long were hung in the “sky” of the Foundation. From the movable platforms, weavers intertwined weft yarns. As the exhibition progressed, volumes and spheres formed 3D woven graphic shapes in space.

The originality of the Space Loom lies not only in its monumentality but also in its design: usually the warp yarns are regular and it is the weft yarns that create the patterns in the textile; here the ancestral hierarchy of the loom has been reversed.

My interest is in unravelling a piece of cloth and in deconstructing hierarchies: what if the warp becomes more important than the weft?

For more information on the exhibition, visit www.lafayetteanticipations.com.

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