Shapes of Stillness and Force

This series combines knit silk with cast pewter embedded in concrete. Unlike woven cloth, a knit textile uses a looped structure system, creating a semi two-dimensional plane (fabric) out of a single line (thread). Each loop depends on the stability of its neighbor for durability and support, and when linked together make up a system that is incredibly strong as well as pliable and flexible. Once the knit is whole, molten pewter alloy is introduced. When heated the metal alloy takes the form of its surroundings and meanders through the individual loops of the knit cloth, cooling, hardening and provoking the knit to become inflexible. Finally, these gestures are embedded into concrete giving the piece weight, permanence and stillness.

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