Woven Light

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.

Neon

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.

Woven_Light_Entangled Large
Entangled Light, 2014, A collaboration with Mary Wallis Neon, wood. 59” x 59” x 5” 149.86 cm x 149.86 cm x 12.7 cm Private collector
Woven_Light_Plain_Weave_Sail_Cloth
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
ST Fiber Optic Small
Fiber Optic Crossforms, 2006, fiber optic yarn, weaving, illuminators Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Permanent Collection
Woven_Light_Double_Weave
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
Woven_Light_Crossform Large
Detail: Fiber Optic Crossforms, 2006, fiber optic yarn, weaving, illuminators 4 pieces Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Permanent Collection