Transforming Material – Research point


A technique that was developed in the 1820’s. It is a chemical process used on fabric that is both a mix of cellulose fibres and protein based fibre. A gel containing sodium hydrogen sulphate is either painted, or printed onto the fabric, the chemical gel then dissolves the cellulose fibres leaving the protein fibres intact.

Peta Jacobs ‘Shadows of Distinction’

Devore example from Cloth and Memory {2} exhibition.
Peta Jacobs ‘Shadows of Distinction’

Heat Pleating/folding

Synthetic fabrics can be permanently creased using heat. The heat changes the structure of the fibre and sets it.
Issey Miyakki
Fayrouz Ashoura – Skeletal structured clothing


Experimental felting, stretching wool over objects and then felting the fabric.
Jodi Colella


Painting coat of latex, glues, paint mixes, cement and paint.
Shelley Fox heat melted sequins, see page 131 Techno Textiles 2.
Rick Owens Painted knitted fabric…

3D Textiles

Wooden Textile

Tel Aviv based artist/fabric designer Mika Barr creates 3D fabric that she screen prints with an inflexible material.