Wooden Textiles by Elisa Strozyk

11 February, 2010

PROJECT Wooden Textiles
ARTIST Elisa Strozyk
LOCATION Berlin, Germany
PHOTOGRAPHY Sebastian Neeb

Elisa Strozyk’s Wooden Textiles subvert the viewers perceptions of the visual and tactile properties of material, by creating a wooden surface that can be manipulated by touch. Strozyk’s practice reflects a rigorous engagement with the contemporary issues of experiential and sustainable design.

Artist’s statement:

“From the perspective of a textile designer, I am researching ways to provide wood with textile properties in testing methods to make wood flexible and soft, or interweave textile elements. The outcome is a material that is half wood-half textile, between hard and soft, challenging what can be expected from a material or category. It looks and smells familiar but feels strange, as it is able to move and form in unexpected ways.

The processes to design a flexible wooden surface are its deconstruction into pieces, which are then attached to a textile base. I am using different textiles like silk, Lycra or micro fibre as backings. Depending on the weight and stiffness each surface shows a different behaviour. Lycra for example is very fluid and turns the wooden textile into a highly flexible surface. The wood is cut by hand or laser cut, and all tiles are stuck by hand to compose a textile-like surface. I am working with veneer wood leftovers from wood workshops.

The flexibility of the wooden textile is dependant on the geometric shape of the tiles and on the size of the gaps between them. Starting from the parquet floor and its traditional herringbone pattern, different geometric shapes were tested on their behaviour. Rectangle shapes create a textile that is able to roll and fold crosswise and lengthwise. However hexagons and other polygon shapes block each other and cause inflexibility. Obviously the triangle shape allows the best ability to move, while the isosceles triangle is the most versatile. A pattern of uneven triangles in various sizes performs a more unpredictable movement.

“Wooden Textiles” is an approach to responsible thinking concerning lifecycles of products. In the future we will have to deal with more waste and less resources. Therefore it is fundamental to be aware about lifecycles of objects. For me that means to use material that is able to grow old beautifully. Another way to save resources is working with reused or recycled objects and material waste. Also it is crucial to aim for a closer relationship between subject and object. This can be achieved through more flexibility and changeability, the possibility of growth or surprising elements.”


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