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.
Mary Wallis, a lighting designer who had worked in neon, was a perfect pairing for a Wallpaper Magazine show in Salone de Mobile.
Process: Create a paper mock up to show how the Neon needed to bend and how they would fit into one another. We used this grid paper as a template. Select the subtle shades of white neon, there are many. Heat and bend the neon to match the mock up and fit within the grid formula. Make extras in case of breakage. Wiring and mounting was Marys mastery. The back of the piece was as beautiful as the face.