State of Design - Design for Everyone 2009

Exploring the 3D properties of Thermoplastic Material, in the form of Fabric and Fibre and its applications in Design

Thursday 16 July, 4pm-6pm
Thursday 16 July, 11am-6pm
RMIT University Building 8, Level 10, Room 23,
360 Swanston Street, Melbourne

All Polyesters as thermoplastics in the form of fabrics and fibres can be given a 3D form regardless of construction methods and amalgamation with different surface design techniques. This workshop will focus on the different textile based techniques used to change the aesthetic and physical properties of the fabric. There will be a showcase of actual fabric samples, together with a demonstration of how these fabrics can be manipulated to change it’s aesthetic and physical properties.

Over the past decade, many designers have begun to show an increased interest in textiles. Textiles as materials are presented with practical functions. It could be used to provide shadow, or comfort, or support. It could be in the form of wallpapers or dividing screens for interior architecture. It might also be in the form of interior furnishing products, such as light shades and sculptures. It has gone beyond the possibilities of just being in the form of body wearable and fashion accessories.

Designers have been stimulated by the potential of new textiles, and have became interested in the inherent flexibilities of fabrics, it’s capacity to be moulded and given a 3D form and being utilized in contemporary design.

The main objective of presenting this workshop is to share my area of expertise in the textiles discipline and will hope to develop interdisciplinary collaborations within the design industry. The partnership with other designers may result in an amalgamation of the modernist tradition and contemporary sensibilities.

Presented by Karen Hong, Assistant Professor, School of Art Design and Media at the Nanyang Technological University.

  Design Singapore        National Technology University        RMIT

Supported by DesignSingapore Council, Nanyang Technological University - School of Art Design and Media and RMIT