architextile 

Power in Space: Curated by Clare Hughes at Bath Abbey. Textile Installation 'Above-Below' by Caroline Broadhead

I am fascinated by the boundary between textile and architecture and have a degree in both subjects. A piece of textile stretched across a rudimentary structure was essentially the first piece of architecture : textile defines and describes space, it defines and describes our bodies, how we move through the earth and how we negotiate our comfort and our functioning throughout the various stages of our lives.

Having worked in an architecture practice for 15 years, I love to bring this material sensibility to design projects. Many architects are not at ease with the modulated and sensory qualities of textiles, often thinking of them as simply decorative and lacking the structural solidity of brick and metal. But I am passionate about the field of 'architextiles' and firmly believe textiles have a much more important role to play in building design than curtains and cushions.

With FCBStudios model makers and architects I designed, made and curated a series of pieces and exhibitions exploring materiality; scale and haptic encounter. I have also worked and done research with textile designers Caroline Broadhead, Petra Blaisse and others and continually seek ways to introduce more sensory elements into exhibition and building design. 

 At work on modelling the architextile installation for my exhibition 'Made You Look, Made You Stare'.

At work on modelling the architextile installation for my exhibition 'Made You Look, Made You Stare'.

 'Detente': interactive architextile installation, London 2016

'Detente': interactive architextile installation, London 2016

  Rope Chair at The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester: part of a traveling exhibition 'Touch, Don't Touch' conceived and curated by Clare Hughes.   

 Rope Chair at The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester: part of a traveling exhibition 'Touch, Don't Touch' conceived and curated by Clare Hughes.

 

 Detail of Rope Chair by Ken Grix 

Detail of Rope Chair by Ken Grix 

  Place de L'Etoile,  Paris . Textile and Light Installation

Place de L'Etoile,  Paris. Textile and Light Installation

 Part of  Living Room Make : Collective and Participatory Design Event at Royal Festival Hall

Part of Living Room Make: Collective and Participatory Design Event at Royal Festival Hall