Stitches: QJ

The following work was presented as part of the Stitches: Souzhou Fast Forward exhibition at the WORKshop gallery in Toronto.

The following pieces critically engage the Suzhou tradition of embroidery, which can be understood through a sequence of increasing dimensions. First, a zero dimensional point punctures a fabric plane. Next, a one dimensional thread is passed through the fabric. Then, by continuous looping of these actions, the thread begins to suggest a two dimensional surface. Finally, the complex layering of stitches registers a three dimensional volume of thread, which in Suzhou embroidery focuses upon detailed pictorial representation on one side, if not both, of the threaded volume.

In this sense, embroidery can be understood as the approximation of a two or three-dimensional object by the accumulation of one-dimensional thread.

A mathematical equivalent is found in the Quaternion Julia fractal, where a zero dimensional point set is connected by one dimensional lines, suggesting a two dimensional surface which itself approximates a three dimensional solid volume. Collectively, the iteration of this process for multiple three dimensional volumes, suggests an object in four spatial dimensions from which each volume had been derived.

The following work was presented as part of the Stitches: Souzhou Fast Forward exhibition at the WORKshop gallery in Toronto.

The following pieces critically engage the Suzhou tradition of embroidery, which can be understood through a sequence of increasing dimensions. First, a zero dimensional point punctures a fabric plane. Next, a one dimensional thread is passed through the fabric. Then, by continuous looping of these actions, the thread begins to suggest a two dimensional surface. Finally, the complex layering of stitches registers a three dimensional volume of thread, which in Suzhou embroidery focuses upon detailed pictorial representation on one side, if not both, of the threaded volume.

In this sense, embroidery can be understood as the approximation of a two or three-dimensional object by the accumulation of one-dimensional thread.

A mathematical equivalent is found in the Quaternion Julia fractal, where a zero dimensional point set is connected by one dimensional lines, suggesting a two dimensional surface which itself approximates a three dimensional solid volume. Collectively, the iteration of this process for multiple three dimensional volumes, suggests an object in four spatial dimensions from which each volume had been derived.

A project completed by Williamson Chong

Project News

Making It Real

The artifacts produced for Stitches:Interstices have been selected to be part of Making It Real,  a juried exhibition of digitally fabricated objects organized by OCAD University faculty members Jesse Jackson and Greg Sims, with the assistance of Gregory Phillips of Spandrel Media. The exhibition takes place May 14-28 as part of the Toronto International Jewellery Festival and coincides with the Society of North American Goldsmiths’ 2013 conference, Meta-Mosaic.

Re-Stitching: Round-table

Shane Williamson represented the office last night in a round-table discussion of the ongoing exhibition STITCHES: Souzou Fast Forward at the WORKshop Gallery. Andrew Payne moderated the discussion which focused upon how the exhibition raises the concern of  how we establish meaningful connections between pre-modern and modern craft traditions. Fellow participants included Philip Beesley (Philip Beesley Architect), Lisa Steele (Steele and Tomczak), Rhett Russo (Specific Objects), Eric Boyd (Hack Lab), Rodolphe el-Khoury, Christos Marcopoulos, and Carol Moukheiber (Responsive Architecture at Daniels).

STITCHES: Suzhou Fast Forward Exhibition

STITCHES: Suzhou Fast Forward, features seven pieces of hand-crafted embroidery from the Zhou XueQing Embroidery Art Center in Suzhou, China. Dexterously stitched in fine silk threads, these exquisite pictures represent an array of subject matter including flowers, birds, and landscapes, continuing Suzhou’s 2000-year history of embroidering illusionistic scenes. Believing that this ancient craft could be the springboard for experimentation, resulting in contemporary expressions of what embroidery might be in the 21st century, WORKShop invited a small group of architects, artists, designers, and inventors to create original works. Inspired by the Suzhou tradition, they employ new technologies, processes, and materials, resulting in objects that range from purely decorative to highly functional.

WORKShop Inc.”Ž, 80 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2V1
October 26, 2011 – Februray 18, 2012

Curator: Prof. Larry Wayne Richards
Advisor: Dr. Michael Prokopow

Participants:

Donald Chong, Shane Williamson and Betsy Williamson, Williamson Chong Architects

Rodolphe el-Khoury, Christos Marcopoulos, and Carol Moukheiber, Responsive Architecture at Daniels (RAD)

Eric Boyd, Hack Lab

Rhett Russo & Katrin Mueller-Russo, Specific Objects

Philip Beesley, Philip Beesley Architect

Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, Steele and Tomczak

 

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