The design brief for this project was rather open ended, stemming from findings made by our group as to the fabrication techniques being utilised through the Sydney CBD.
The manufacturers and fabricators uncovered whilst conducting this research proved to be inspiration for the design of a family of objects.
These objects were designed and fabricated by myself, Lara Murphy, Felicity Gleeson, and Isa Clarke. The collaborative nature of this group, with a visual communicator, fashion designer and two industrial designers, resulted in the production of a truly unique set of products.
The products are known affectionately as ‘Pleats to Meet You’
To begin our design process we began experimenting with fabric fusing as well as linear and nonlinear pleats. Origami and geometric nets were a big inspiration in the beginning as we experimented with folding techniques that could be achieved with paper, in the hopes it would translate to fabric.
After suitable geometric nets were identified we began by cutting and arranging them out of fabric fusing before ironing them between sheets of fabric. This had varying result however the overall direction seemed promising.
In an aim to cut down on production time for the objects the process was industrialised through the utilisation of laser cutting for the fusing.