Last semester, I completed a collaborative project with a Textile Design graduate student name Sam Fletcher. For her Knit Tech class, we needed to find a way to display multiple samples of knit fabric in some kind of object or model. With Sam’s background in interior design, we chose to create a customizable sound absorbing panel, where individual triangular panels could be combined to create an abstract design. First, I watched Sam work on the knitting machines to get an idea of how they work:
After a while of throwing ideas around, we came up with simple design that enabled us to show off the samples, while creating an interesting visual piece. I created a quick CAD model to make sure I had everything right, then started building things:
The final piece came out nicely. The variation in knit pattern color and texture, as well as the mildly organic, yet geometric form create an interesting visual contrast. Take a look at the final product below:
Here is a full-length picture of the entire piece.