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Sophie Rowley

Tapestry model Khadi Fray

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Sophie Rowley is a designer based in Berlin. Rowley’s works reveals hidden aesthetics of everyday matter through the experimentation with process, craft and material. She collaborates with the textile industry by developing bespoke studies and concepts for targeted applications of new materials. Through research and experimentation, she pushes the physicality of materials to their limits, revealing new features and hidden unexpected aesthetics. Using a wide range of techniques, her approach focuses on sustainability and innovative material development. Rowley’s most iconic collection is her ‘Khadi Frays’. The series of textile wall pieces were developed by Rowley during a one-year residency in India. They are inspired by the Khadi Spirit, an Indian term which describes the state of illimitable patience. In ‘Khadi Frays’, the repetitive actions of conventional handweaving techniques was reversed. Instead of building up the material thread by thread, a solid block of multiple weaves forms the starting point. Each layer undergoes a carefully calculated destructive process, during which over 10,000 threads are patiently removed, leaving a frayed finish behind. Through eating into these material blocks, multi-dimensional textures are created, gradually dwindling down to the base layer. The differences in weight and tension of the warp and weft lead to subtle variations in shade and dependent upon the perspective angle, reflections on the surfaces occur. Through this technique simplistic and modest materials were transformed into intricate arrangements and elegant wall pieces, endeavoring to give a modern twist to textile craft. The experiments with stencils led to different design outcomes made from natural canvas cloths, rough linen fabrics and cottons hand-dyed in Indian turmeric.

Sophie Rowley


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    Indian canvas cloth

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    120.0 x 0.0 x 120.0 cm (47.2 x 0.0 x 47.2 in)

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