Xin And Olani
By Xin Chen & Olani Ewunnet
Silk is spun by silkworms. Silkworms use threads of silk to make their cocoon, where they transform into another being, winged moths.
SILK iterates between constraints and free forms, exploring different possibilities of one material’s rigidity and fluidity. The project takes its point of departure from the silkworm’s transformation through self and silk.
Extending our first explorations started in Exercise 2.1, SILK builds digital and physical silk models through acts of form manipulation. We are continuing to explore the sequential relationship between actions in the physical and digital realms, bringing front and center questions of rigidity and fluidity in form and process.
Digital silk was able to flow to and fro through simulations, bubble up and through when borders were put in its way. Physical silk attempted, but fell short, only able to hold the present moment and a snapshot of what can live as an endless GIF in the digital realms. When we arrived at the task of sequencing from the free form digitally, we integrated the physical constraint we faced. We extended the function of the constraint to our next digital model, applying a series of tension lines over the silk surface. Through this weaving of tension lines over the digital silk surface, we wanted to explore the process of constraining silk when it is a 3D volume. Here, silk again bounced around and through our imposed borders. What would happen if this 3D volume was made into a physical silk model? Using balloons, double sided tape, fabric spray and silk to inflate and constrain a physical silk model, we constructed the closing iteration of SILK. Through the process of iterating between digital and physical silk, we have arrived at a series of models which document this process of translation.