March 22, 2016

Stitchy Snippets - Bringing Life to Textiles

Textiles that interact and react to nature and its elements. Elaine Yan Ling Ng's collections entitled Naturology and Climatology mimic the gentle and subtle motion of nature and bring life to her textiles. Take a look at this video to see her textile work in action.

Naturology uses smart materials combined with the natural characteristics of wood to respond to varying external conditions. Climatology incorporates 'layers of veneer with fabric, reactive dyes and reflective surfaces to create objects that adapt to fluctuations in light, temperature and humidity.' In her words Elaine's work challenges 'preconceived limitations and increases the potential of textiles.'

A sculptor, weaver and scientist, Elaine has also developed a range of durable fabric that can be moulded into 3D structures and retain shape. This range of textiles uses copper, cellophane and polyester.

Last year Elaine collaborated with Swarovski to create an installation for the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award. Elaine's spectacular piece 'Sundew' is inspired by the tiny carnivorous Sundew plant. The lamp like sculptures are infused with Swarovski crystals.

Sundew for Swarovski

Hi, I'm Julia - an embroidery enthusiast based in Amsterdam with a lifelong passion for textiles. I like to mix things up by combining different techniques and mediums - my origami styled dress won the Hand & Lock embroidery prize. Join me on my exploration of embroidery with mixed media and fibre art.

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