|Artist rendition of Graphene molecules|
Graphene, a form of carbon only one atom thick and in a hexagonal cellular structure, is both the thinnest and strongest substance now known to man. Scientists believe it will revolutionize technology from computer and mobile displays, medical devices, aerospace, desalination plants, electronics and countless ways which we cannot yet predict. Since I'm a technology fan and my husband's business is in aerospace, this seemed like a good place to start. If you want to see a really cool futuristic video, check out this short YouTube "Future Applications of Graphene."
So now I had a topic to try to represent to go along with the theme... but what could I do with it? I decided I wanted to represent both the uniqueness of the material (thin, lightweight, hexagonal cellular structure) as well as some of the possible applications of the technology.
Another little aspect that I had to keep in mind was the unusual gallery space that this piece would (hopefully) be hanging in. The walls were mostly all a deep dark forest green (with a hint of teal) and a couple that were a bright spring green. Not exactly easy to hang anything on, but ok if you're specifically designing for the backdrop color.
My idea was to have a thin sheer layer cut in a hexagonal pattern that would fiat above the quilt, which would be surfaced designed to tell more of the story. I started the quilted layer with white Pima cotton. I bought some plasticized wire garden fencing that had hexagons as its design, and started with placing it on top of the white fabric and spritzed jacquard Textile Paint through it. This created a resist, with a painted background (in blues and greens) with a shadowy faint white hexagonal grid.
|Representation of a computer touch-screen made with a|
thermofax silkscreen and hand-painted shading
|Silkscreened computer circuit board with gold metallic|
thread freemotion quilted to look like metal elements.
|Some of my samples testing different organzas and ways to|
cut and make sure they wouldn't fray
|Close-up of grommet, copper pipe|
& bead hanging mechanism
|The organza hanging|
|Designing for a Theme...
Innovation Part 1
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