architextile 

Power in Space: Curated by Clare Hughes at Bath Abbey. Textile Installation 'Above-Below' by Caroline Broadhead

Perhaps it was spending my childhood among the mills of West Yorkshire, perhaps it was the awe I felt for my grandmother’s tailoring skills, or perhaps it just’s the way I’m built but all my life I have found a disproportionate joy in the handle and drape of woven materials. As human being, textiles always have, and always will be central to our existence. A piece of textile stretched across a rudimentary structure was essentially the first piece of architecture : textile defines and describes space, it defines and describes our bodies, how we move through the earth and how we negotiate our comfort and our functioning throughout the various stages of our lives.

Having worked in an architecture practice for 15 years, I love to bring this material sensibility to design projects. Many architects are not at ease with the modulated and sensory qualities of textiles, often thinking of them as simply decorative and lacking the structural solidity of brick and metal. But I am passionate about the field of 'architextiles' and believe passionately that textiles have a much more important role to play in building design than curtains and cushions.

At work on modelling the architextile installation for my exhibition 'Made You Look, Made You Stare'.

At work on modelling the architextile installation for my exhibition 'Made You Look, Made You Stare'.

With FCBStudios model makers and architects I designed, made and curated a series of pieces and exhibitions exploring materiality; scale and haptic encounter. I have also worked and done research with textile designers Caroline Broadhead, Petra Blaisse and others and continually seek ways to introduce more sensory elements into exhibition and building design. 

‘Curiouser & Curiouser’, The Playful City, part of FCBStudios’ city-wide installation programme for London Festival of Architecture // Image credit: Richard Battye

‘Curiouser & Curiouser’, The Playful City, part of FCBStudios’ city-wide installation programme for London Festival of Architecture // Image credit: Richard Battye

‘Curiouser & Curiouser’, The Playful City, part of FCBStudios’ city-wide installation programme for London Festival of Architecture // Image credit: Richard Battye

‘Curiouser & Curiouser’, The Playful City, part of FCBStudios’ city-wide installation programme for London Festival of Architecture // Image credit: Richard Battye

‘Through the Looking Glass’ : FCBStudios’ PechaKucha ‘ for London Festival of Architecture invited innovators and thinkers from across the Built Environment sector to share their most ambitious ideas for role of design in our future. // Image credit: Richard Battye

‘Through the Looking Glass’ : FCBStudios’ PechaKucha ‘ for London Festival of Architecture invited innovators and thinkers from across the Built Environment sector to share their most ambitious ideas for role of design in our future. // Image credit: Richard Battye

'Detente': interactive architextile installation, London 2016 // Image credit: John Dawson

'Detente': interactive architextile installation, London 2016 // Image credit: John Dawson

Rope Chair at The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester: part of a traveling exhibition 'Touch, Don't Touch' conceived and curated by Clare Hughes.

Rope Chair at The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester: part of a traveling exhibition 'Touch, Don't Touch' conceived and curated by Clare Hughes.

Chairs co-created as part of  Living Room Make : Collective and Participatory Design Event at Royal Festival Hall // Image credit: Richard Battye

Chairs co-created as part of Living Room Make: Collective and Participatory Design Event at Royal Festival Hall // Image credit: Richard Battye

Repeat Print Design for Silk Organza collection ‘Fair is Foul’ inspired by the relationship between Lady Macbeth and her husband.

Repeat Print Design for Silk Organza collection ‘Fair is Foul’ inspired by the relationship between Lady Macbeth and her husband.

Place de L’Etoile, Champs-Elysées: muslin, card, light Installation

Place de L’Etoile, Champs-Elysées: muslin, card, light Installation

Does Size Matter? A playful game inviting the public to explore the idea of scale in London and in global cities across the world. FCBStudios as part of London Festival of Architecture //Image credit: Richard Battye

Does Size Matter? A playful game inviting the public to explore the idea of scale in London and in global cities across the world. FCBStudios as part of London Festival of Architecture //Image credit: Richard Battye