The installation is almost complete!
This week Rick Lee has been installing his creation for the TECHstyleSoftWEAR: Surface & Shape installation. I will see it today in person. Wow! It is so cool to see the idea take real form in the real space! He and his assistants really engineered the pieces in an elegant way...they created stitch like perforations in the aluminum so that the pieces bend along these fold lines. So elegant! I cannot wait to see Colleen's garments installed in the space. She is bringing the garments down today.
First section goes up.
These pieces are suspended by cables which extend up throgh the ceiling tiles to load beams 11 feet about the dropped ceiling.
This is an intersesting shot to look at carefully. It really gives scale to the work and you can see four ladders and a hydrolic lift were involved to ge the pieces up!! So much goes into an installation behind the scenes.
Rick's installation is up!
Rick Lee and his assistants work on prototype of the hanging installation.
Reflection of Rick Lee and assistants in form
Folded structure. The mirror surface will create interesting views of Colleen's garments.
Folding the piece along its perforations.
Folding the piece. There will be 20 or so of these forms which will form the environment.
Last week the Surface and Shape design team had a meeting at Rick Lee and Colleen Quen's studio. It was so inspiring to see the models and sketches. Rick Lee had refined his design to be a reflective structure reminiscent of cloud computing.
Wonderful scale model of environment installation. The metal will have perferations to enable it to bend easier. These stitch-like punctures will allude nicely to the hand stitchwork of Colleen's gowns.
Top View of Rick Lee's installation model. It reminds me of cloud computing. The different colors show different sections of model.
Original paper pattern sketch.
Digital pattern sketch.
Rick explaining materials.
aluminum material sample.
Hanging wire and attachements for suspension. Piece will weigh betwen 300-500 pounds.
This morning I had a meeting with Colleen Quen and Rick Lee to review textile designs, color, fabrics and scale. We also decided on a name for the installation: Suface & Shape: Reflections on Silicon Valley. The museum wished to modify the name to fit the grant application, so the final name is:
TECHstyle SoftWEAR: Surface & Shape
Below: I was amazed by how quickly Colleen honed in on the patterns she was draw to for each garment. She will be making one for a woman and one for a man. She selected three fabrics for each.
Below are the revisions to colors and scaling of designs after Colleen's feedback. The top row is for the woman's garment. The bottom textile row is for the man's garment. I ordered silk test swatches from Kent State University's School of Fashion's
TechStyleLAB and cotton lawn swatches from Spoonflower
Rick shared some great concept sketches for the installation. I am so very excited for this collaboration!