Woven Fiber Optics

These Woven Fiber Optic pieces were a collaboration with industrial designer Harry Allan. I wove two structures: a double cloth (now in the Cooper Hewitts permanent collection), and a piece we called Sail Cloth. Harry worked on  the mounting ideas and found the illuminators that would light up the fiber optics. A few years later, I created large cross woven pieces that were displayed at a show in the Cooper Hewitt.

Process: Creating double cloth and 4-layer structures with fiber optics requires weave drafting and yarn configuring to allow for hanging devices and the attachment of illuminators.  Pre-planning the installation is always a part of the process before weaving.

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Fiber Optic Sail Cloth, 2002, fiber optic yarn, weaving, illuminator 22” x 13” x 18.5” (31.75” with illuminator) 55.88 cm x 33.02 cm x 46.99 cm (80.645 cm with illuminator) Private collector
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Detail: Fiber Optic Crossforms, 2006, fiber optic yarn, weaving, illuminators 4 pieces Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Permanent Collection
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Days of Awe fiber optic weaving scrolls, 2014, 4 pieces, fiber optic yarn, weaving, illuminators, Temporarily displayed at The New Shul in 2019, NYC, Available
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Fiber Optic Crossforms, 2006, fiber optic yarn, weaving, illuminators Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Permanent Collection
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Double Weave, 2002, fiber optic yarn, weaving, illuminator 90” x 7” x 2“ 228.6 cm x 17.78 cm x 5.08 cm Museum of Arts & Design Permanent Collection