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Digital Art meets textiles

Digital Art meets textiles

For some time I’ve been considering the use of fabrics and textiles as a new medium to experiment with (and that would explain why some of my recent posts have a bit of a fashion focus).

There are so many ways that patterns can be applied to fabrics. Some of these methods are very common such as printing via machines,¬†embroidery, crochet, lace.. and others are a bit more specialised such as the use of wooden blocks, fabric paints, laser-cutting, etc. There is so much choice and it’s almost like when you walk into a sweet shop as a kid, having to decide which one bar of chocolate to spend your pocket money on. I’m left a little overwhelmed.

Inspiring patterned textiles – a recent Topshop window display in Westfield, White City:

Window display by Topshop, Westfield, White City, London
Window display by Topshop, Westfield, White City, London

I’ve recently noticed a current trend in the shops for cut-out pattern work garments and accessories, be they high end designer or local high street brands. Here are some of my favourite examples – probably because they are monochrome:

Hobbs - Invitation Rococo Dress
Hobbs – Invitation Rococo Dress with lace patterns

 

L.K Bennett Britani Broderie Anglaise Dress
L.K Bennett – Britani Broderie Anglaise Dress
Monsoon Ebony Cutwork Cardigan
Monsoon – Ebony Cutwork Cardigan – layered black cut-out fabric atop white lining
Furla - Cut-out bags and patterned wallets
Furla – Cut-out Tote Satchel bags and Zip Around patterned wallet

 

I find these examples inspiring. They also remind me of examples of lattice screens I’ve seen in the past, such as windows from historical Indian Mughal tombs like this one carved from marble (inside Mughal Emperor Humayun’s tomb, Delhi, India):

Inside Humayun's Tomb, Delhi, India
Inside Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India (Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humayun%27s_Tomb)

And let’s not forget the winner of the V&A Jameel Prize 2009: Afruz Amighi for her piece 1001 Pages (2008).

1001 Pages by Afruz Amighi, winner of Jameel Prize 2009
1001 Pages by Afruz Amighi, winner of Jameel Prize 2009. (Image taken from: http://universes-in-universe.org/eng/nafas/articles/2009/jameel_prize_2009)

I’ve explained my love for this kind of work previously but I’ll do so again here. The effect of lighting, creation of shadows, effect of movement of the viewer to change the perspective, the evoking of themes of nature, looking through windows, the intricacy of the pattern, the details to look closer at, the lack of colour not being a problem as it is about light and dark instead, a bit like black and white, space and non-space, shapes and the spaces around those shapes, negative space… *starts daydreaming*.

Sahand Hesamiyan – Sculptor of Islamic Art

Any readers who have visited my previous blog may recognise the name Sahand Hesamiyan as an artist whose sculptures I have previously blogged about. Hesamiyan’s latest sculpture, Sulook, is currently being exhibited at The Third Line gallery in Dubai, UAE, and so I feel the need to revisit his work and express why I like it so much.

Sulook by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012
Sulook (maquette) by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012
Steel, UV Color, and Black Light
417x190x190 cm

Sahand Hesamiyan is an Iranian Sculptor who uses geometric shapes to build sculptures creating a 3D representation of the patterns and spaces they can produce. Sculpture is a favourite area of art for me when combined with this practice as I’ve always been fascinated with how patterns are created and transformed especially by our own motion within a given exhibition space. These types of sculptures create illusions too. In the case of Sulook you can grasp the impression of an eternity being displayed through the required use of mathematics producing continued rows of shapes that fit perfectly together. Within this post you’ll see exclusive photos provided by Hesamiyan (thanks so much!) conveying many aspects of the intricately built work…

Sulook by Sahand Hesamiyan at The Third Line gallery, Dubai, UAE
Sulook by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012
Steel, UV Color, and Black Light
417x190x190 cm

 

by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012 Steel, UV Color, and Black Light 417x190x190 cm
Sulook by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012
Steel, UV Color, and Black Light
417x190x190 cm

 

by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012 Steel, UV Color, and Black Light 417x190x190 cm
Close-up of Sulook by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012
Steel, UV Color, and Black Light
417x190x190 cm

 

by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012 Steel, UV Color, and Black Light 417x190x190 cm
Close-up of Sulook by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012
Steel, UV Color, and Black Light
417x190x190 cm

The construction of this piece and how it appears when looking into the centre reminds me very much of the Muqarnas feature used uniquely in Islamic Architecture. It is formed by what appears to be many small domes carved out of plaster or stone. Muqarnas has been used beautifully for the interiors of many a Mosque dome and also at the head of plinths and connecting arches. There are some examples of Muqarnas and an explanation of how they are constructed on Eric Broug’s ‘Broug Atelier‘ site.

Here is a classic example of the Muqarnas featured within an arched alcove in the famous Royal (Imam) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran:

Image of Muqarnas at The Rpyal (Imam) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran
Image of Muqarnas at The Royal (Imam) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran (image taken from: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/arc/ind/1_primer/questions/xdec_eng.htm, 30-01-13)

If you’d like to read more on Sahand Hesamiyan’s art work then please visit his site: http://www.sahandhesamiyan.com/exhibitions-solo/sulook/