pleat / fold

knit fabric development / research

(work in progress)

Using origami and paper folding techniques as inspiration, I am trying to create knit fabrics that can maintain a rigid, 3 dimensional form while also possessing the softness and stretch associated with knits. My research into this project has included an intense study of knit geometry and structure, knit programming, paper folding techniques, as well as an investigation of yarn properties and functions. The fabrics I have developed so far are a careful combination of yarn and knit structure.

I am interested in the question of what happens when a geometric structure is pushed into an organic and fluid medium like knitting. How does the geometry distort? What new kinds of textures are formed?

All fabrics are knit on Passap domestic machines or Shima Seiki computerized machines.