New Designers 2011: textile designer Orawee Choedamphai has created modular knitted screens that incorporate cable ties and Lego.
Called The Fourth-Dimension, the elements can be combined to make room dividers and wall hangings.
Choedamphai presented the work as part of One Year on at New Designers in London this weekend.
She first showed at New Designers last year and is now studying for an MA in Textiles and Fashion Product at Bucks New University in the UK.
New Designers took place 6-9 July.
The information below is from Orawee Choedamphai:
The Fourth-Dimension is a series of 3D knitted ornaments, inspired by Lego, which can be linked together to form bigger structures.
Unconventional materials such as wire and cable ties are used alongside traditional craft skills that create a striking contrast, and add a sense of femininity into a masculine environment. The sculptures could be used as interior solutions to enhance, confine or divide spaces.
Orawee is a knitted textile designer who specialized in three-dimensional knitted structure for interior architecture and fashion accessories. Industrial Design was her 1st degree, which she studied in Bangkok, Thailand, before she came to the UK to studied Textiles and Surface Design BA (Hons) at Bucks New University. The Industrial Design background together with her textile skills enabled her to explore knitting in a different direction and thus opened up new boundaries.
Since a child, Lego has been her favourite toy and due to this ‘modularity’ has become one of the most important elements of her design. Orawee have a passion for making things. However, prior to her 2nd degree she was not accustomed to knitting, as it is not a part of her culture. Therefore, this made her unique to her fellow students. She became fascinated with industrial knitting, and enjoyed experimenting with a knitting machine.
Orawee is currently studying MA in Textiles and Fashion Product at Bucks New University, and have strong ties with the MA Furniture Design students, which have influenced her experiments with knitted sculptures in yet another direction; towards furniture.
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