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Justyna Wołodkiewicz Sculptural Embroidery

Justyna Wołodkiewicz Sculptural Embroidery

As you well know I’m a big fan of abstraction in embroidery, and Justyna Wołodkiewicz is one artist who’s smashing it in the abstract embroidery world right now. Her tightly embroidered alien landscapes (that’s how I see them anyway) are made with a mix of […]

Kinetic Dresses by Ying Gao That React to Movement, Sound and Human Emotion

Kinetic Dresses by Ying Gao That React to Movement, Sound and Human Emotion

    ‘Can’t’ and ‘Won’t’ are the names of these two interactive dresses by Ying Gao. The dresses, made of Super organza, cotton mesh, PVDF and electronic devices, react to human presence with slowly pulsating movements. Layers of fabric begin to oscillate, seeming to breathe […]

September Mood Board | High Tide

September Mood Board | High Tide

  #MoodboardMonday Launch! The Fiber Studio is now running a monthly mood board featuring the best in handmade and vintage textile products by small, independent businesses. This month’s launch theme is High Tide, inspired by Marine Crosta’s miniature oil seascapes. Each month’s mood board theme […]

Shakirra Rees giveaway winner announced!

Shakirra Rees giveaway winner announced!

    Congratulations @xeniaalcazar !   We are pleased to announce you are the winner of our giveaway competition for the above Shakirra Rees hand embroidered heart tee! Shakirra will be in touch soon.   A huge thanks to everyone who entered, we appreciate your […]

Distorted Patchwork Paintings by Anna Buckner

Distorted Patchwork Paintings by Anna Buckner

‘Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about liminality’… Liminality is soft. It is malleable, compliant, fluid, and supple. It is a place in-between what is and what will be, questioning traditions and creating space for transformation.’ Anna Buckner. Buckner compares her studio space to liminality. […]

Inflatable Climbing Frame Installation by Numen / For Use

Inflatable Climbing Frame Installation by Numen / For Use

How cool is this installation? I’m rubbish at heights to these photos fill me with horror, but I’d still queue up to have a go. If you scroll down to the last images you can see how the whole thing works. It’s a ‘self supporting […]

Damselfrau | Magnhild Kennedy Masks

Damselfrau | Magnhild Kennedy Masks

I have not one, but two masquerade balls to go to this year so I’ve been planning costumes like mad – I’m thinking a multi-coloured, over-the-top, beaded and embroidered floral mask/headdress thingy with tassels and possibly Pom Poms? I realise this is incredibly ambitious; it […]

Anthony Michael Simon | Flourescent Spider Web Sculptures

Anthony Michael Simon | Flourescent Spider Web Sculptures

Anthony Michael Simon’s sculptures, which at first glance look like fluorescent strings suspended in an abstract cat’s cradle arrangement, are actually the product of Nephila clavata spiders. The artist collects local arachnids, brings them to his studio, and lets them set about their work spinning […]

Sarah Mosteller | Knitting with Wire

Sarah Mosteller | Knitting with Wire

Sarah Mosteller is what I call a non-fiber fiber artist; she uses the traditional method of knitting but with wire instead of yarn, creating artwork that blurs the boundaries between fiber art and non fiber art. The resulting sculptures are powerful and full of contradictions. […]

Hanne Friis Smocked Sculptures

Hanne Friis Smocked Sculptures

For a while now I’ve been admiring the work of Norwegian textile artist Hanne Friis. Her sculptures are created by gathering and bunching various materials (latex gloves, stockings, denim) into these sumptuous, undulating shapes. There’s a bodily aspect to all her sculptures, particularly her work […]


Kinetic Dresses by Ying Gao That React to Movement, Sound and Human Emotion

Kinetic Dresses by Ying Gao That React to Movement, Sound and Human Emotion

 

 

‘Can’t’ and ‘Won’t’ are the names of these two interactive dresses by Ying Gao. The dresses, made of Super organza, cotton mesh, PVDF and electronic devices, react to human presence with slowly pulsating movements. Layers of fabric begin to oscillate, seeming to breathe and gently twitch. Once set in motion, a facial recognition system picks up any signs of emotion in the onlooker, and the dresses stop moving. These kinetic garments require completely passive viewers to reveal themselves to; in other words, their interactivity requires non-interaction, something which the artist says is ‘out of synch with today’s over-expressiveness’.

In another work, ‘Incertitudes’, two dresses are adorned with outward facing dress-makers pins which respond to participant’s voices. The ‘conversation’ between the garment and participant is full of uncertainties and misunderstandings. Two other dresses (NO)WHERE (NOW)HERE, instead of being activated by voice, are set in motion with the help of imbedded eye tracking technology, and their luminescent threads are set in motion by the spectator’s gaze

Playtime is another of Gao’s interactive works, but this time the two dresses react to cameras – avoiding being recorded. The first dress, a hazy mesh of moving organza, will appear blurry when photographed, and the second dress reacts to the flash of a camera, its own light source reflecting back at it.