Tuesday, April 29, 2008

carpentering textile

As I promised at the end of my last post, here it is, a textile armchair.
It is all made by old cotton sheets and poly-fill stuffing, the parts are connected with extemporary sewing pins and knotted fabric bands, in order to test its stability and shape. I took them off by now, so I could easily pack and sew them correctly in Maastricht.
It was not the first time I tested it that way. At the first time it didn't hold the shape at all, so I unpicked the four legs and put wood rods instead of the stuffing, it was better, but not very stable, so I added rods in the middle beams too and it was standing almost perfectly.
My friend Gilly advised me to add some screws that would stabilize it perfectly, but I wanted it to be a textile sculpture of armchair, not bad carpentered armchair covered with fabric. Talking about screws clarified that I went too far with the wood rods.
I wanted it to be with textile characterizes, not only a textile wrap.
Looking together at my sketches and discussing my ideas, lead me to the conclusion that I will have to unpicked and stuffed it all again.
Gilly helped me to re-stuff it, and it was her idea to compress the stuffing in order to create stronger rods.
It stands that way not very stable, but just the way I imagined it, soft and a bit crooked.
I am a textile artist, never was good with carpentering.
These are cups I am making right now, will show you more soon.

12 comments:

Martine said...

So whe can sit down and have some tea in Maastricht, while chatting about textilearts................ looking forward to it.

neta said...

:)
Me too

gili said...

thanks for making me a guest in your blog :-) now it looks really good. and the cups are amazing too
hugs

neta said...

Thank you for your help:)

Celine TsuiLin hwang said...

I'm waiting!I'm waiting!
but...
would you sell these lovely cups?
I really want to buy one!!!
Celine

neta said...

Thank you so much Celine, I will list cups at my etsy store in june.

Celine TsuiLin hwang said...

Hi Neta
So nice to see you again on my blog!
It's an on line shop...
http://www.anthropologie.com
Sorry for the text you can't understand
but I'll try to make the English posting....well,
someday somehow...
Celine

Ayala Levinger said...

Wow. Although I was close with my guess this is beyond my imagination!!
Can you send me please information about the exhibition in Maastrich? I would love to see more of your work!

neta said...

Hi Ayala,
Thank you very much; you can see the details here-
http://huismethethandje.blogspot.com/2008/02/mens-mensheid-mensheden.html
It is in Dutch but I will have the English translation soon and will send it too.
Wish you lovely day
Neta

natasha said...

i would love to buy one, too! your work is amazing. i love it.

neta said...

Thanks, I will let you know when I will list them at etsy.

e. beck said...

oh! i adore this whole concept ... that chair is awesome ..... lucas samaras is an artist who made loads of "chairs" and asked the question, what makes it a chair? how can it be a chair if you can't sit in it .....kind of underpinned by the whole "is it art" question ..... if it looks like a chair, but it isn't a chair, then it must be art, right?