Experimental in its approach this body of work explores the morphing and integration of 3D printed shapes with knitted, woven and non-woven fabrics. With a focus on creating movement and flexibility within the 3D printed forms, interlocking loops are taken from the structure of knit. These structures are then enhanced and manipulated before and after being printed in 3D form.
The exploration of dye techniques allows for the application of a sensitive colour palette to the usually neutral 3D printed plastic. The inclusion of colour is taken through to yarn and material choices. Samples demonstrate the realisation of this through structural integration, embellishment, trapped and overlayed colour and heat setting.
Technical crafting explores innovative processes that blur the lines between hard and soft structures. Taking on board the complexity of these ever changing and developing technologies and exploring the possibilities for an experimental textiles context.
This work is a collaboration between Laura McPherson and Mark Beecroft.