Scaling Nature (1): Wrinkles

Supervision: Prof. Christiane Sauer, Ebba Fransén Waldhör, Maxie Schneider, Agata Kycia, Dr. Cécile Bidan, Dr. Lorenzo Guiducci, Dr. Khashayar Razghandi

Students: Elena Eulitz, Xingwen Pan, Samira Akhavan, Luis Magg, Juni Neyenhuys & Stefanie Eichler

Cooperation partners: Exzellenzclusters »Matters of Activity. Image Space Material«, Max-Planck-Instituts für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung Golm

Phenomena of natural deformation such as curling lettuce leaves, shrinking skin and wrinkling biofilms were the starting point for bio-inspired textile design concepts in the semester project „Scaling Nature (1): Wrinkles“. Through experimental material studies on formation, flexibility and elasticity, natural phenomena of wrinkling were translated into textile structures with new mechanical, energetic and functional properties: paper screens open up in humidity, wool fabrics become elastic without synthetic fibres and three-dimensional textiles form into tactile patterns. The research-based design project was launched in 2019 as part of the Cluster of Excellence „Matters of Activity. Image Space Material“ with the participation of scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Golm.

Scaling Nature @ Domotex Hannover 10.-13.01.2020

Works from the semester project Scaling Nature (1): Wrinkles were exhibited at the Domotex fair in Hannover as part of the “NuThinkers” trend show. The Domotex is a trade fair for floor coverings, which also seeks to establish links with applied research, thus giving artists, start-ups and students the opportunity to present themselves. In the “Framing Trends”, a separate hall with special presentations will be made available for this purpose, where students’ work will be on display. In addition, an attractive supporting programme of lectures will offer a wide range of ideas.

Works presented by: Elena Eulitz: Extension Charm, Xingwen Pan: The Flip, Samira Akhavan: Discover, Luis Magg: Liquid Lacquer, Juni Neyenhuys & Stefanie Eichler: Hydroweave

Exhibition design: Ebba Fransén Waldhör & Maxie Schneider