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Mutant Surfaces

Adaptable textiles for lighting systems and surface covering

Materials: Copper, latex wool and foams.

2004

* First prize at the Miquel Mas Molas Award to Textile Design, granted by Miquel Mas Molas Foundation and the Institute for Catalan Studies, Barcelona.

Weave 
Latex ribbon, polyurethane foam,
copper filament and polyamide thread.

Weave 
Polyurethane foam, copper filament
and polyamide thread.

Weave 
Custom-made rusted latex ribbon,
copper filament and polyamide thread.

Concept & description

Mutant Surfaces explores the concepts of change, transformation, adaptation, memory and personal history, implicit in the process of definition of the human body-schema and self-image. The developed textiles are the outcome of a practice-based research carried out with three base materials: copper, latex and wool, which have been selected for their heterogeneity regarding their mechanical, physical and aesthetic properties. Chemical alteration of the materials’ surface has been investigated and acid and corrosive substances have been used to influence copper and latex. These textiles embody the concepts of transition and adaptation of a human body in terms of natural and artificial constructs and they can be used as covering materials for irregular surfaces and applied in the design of mouldable lightening systems.

Weave 
Custom-made latex ribbon, polyurethane foam,
copper filament and polyamide thread.

Weave 
Custom-made chemically treated latex ribbons,
copper filament, wool and polyamide threads.

Weave 
Custom-made latex ribbons,
copper filament, wool and polyamide threads.

Weave 
Chemically coloured copper ribbon, wool thread,
custom-made rusted latex ribbon and polyamide thread.

Weave 
Chemically coloured copper ribbon,
wool and polyamide thread.

Weave 
Chemically coloured copper ribbon,
polyurethane foam and polyamide thread.

Copper plate  
Chemically coloured: screen-printed.

Copper plate 
Chemically coloured: resist dyed.

Copper plate 
Chemically coloured: block printed.

 

Materials’ research

Modification of copper and latex surfaces by means of acid and corrosive substances, in order to obtain color and rusted effects.

 

Sketching

Body memories… transformed skin… scar tissue… mutation, transition, adaptation… incongruous beauty…

 

 

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