Melanie Olde – Morphology I

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  • 1st Place
    Complex Weavers Award

My influences derive from mathematical geometries, patterns and algorithms found in nature. This piece is influenced by natural plant algorithms and auxetic geometries, shapes that expand in one axis when stretched in another. Embedded within the design are golden ratios, and colour changes are based on algal growth patterns. The sections framing the woven auxetic modules morph into concentric tubes, allowing fluidic movement though fabric.

This piece was woven 7.5 cm wide and 0.5 cm thick (3 x 0.2 inches), yet due to the configuration of the multiple layers, its thickness can expand to 6 cm thick (2.6 inches) when stretched from the top and bottom edges. Hand-dyed nylon monofilament emphasizes iridescence and translucency, encouraging visual morphs. The challenges of this material required a folded hem, producing heavier lines, further accentuating the structural morph of one structure into another.

I like to push boundaries of what is possible in weaving flat then transforming the result into a three-dimensional structure post-weaving.

Structural notes: Hand-dyed thread woven in multiple layers

Dimensions: 16.5 x 7.5 x 2.4 inches (42 x 19 x 6 cm), excluding frame; 17.7 x 13.8 x 2.4 inches (45 x 35 x 6 cm), including frame

Materials: 130 Denier nylon monofilament

Loom: 24-shaft AVL compu-dobby loom

  • Melanie Olde