Plastic strapping, 24cm x 24cm x 18cm, 2004.
"Genus 1 doughnut "
Plastic strapping tape , 25cm x 25cm x 15cm, 2004.
"Genus 2 doughnut"
Plastic strapping tape, 40cm x 35cm x 10cm, 2003.
"Piece 1 is an example of 'open hexagonal plaiting'. Basketmakers in many
parts of the world employ this weave - notably Africa and the Far East. The weave
is suited to very regular material - commonly split bamboo. Here plastic strapping
has been employed.
Both pieces 2 and 3 are woven using a complex weave employed in Malaysia
and the Philippines known sometimes as 'mad weave' or the 'anyam gila'.
This weave can be constructed as an elaboration of the 'open hexagonal
weave' of piece 1. In constructing pieces like these it is helpful to be
aware of the Euler Characteristic of the surface. This property of the
surface demands certain variations in the weave.
The basic hexagonal weave produces a flat piece of mesh.
To make more complex shapes hexagonal holes are modified t
o produce corners. In this piece hexagons are modified to pentagons
and one quadrilateral making 2 types of positively (like a ball) curved
corner. To make the 'neck' extra threads were introduced turning 4 hexagons
into heptagons and creating a negatively (like a saddle) curved surface.
Piece 2 has employed 12
pentagonal points and 24 heptagonal points (on the negatively curved
regions). Piece 3 manages with 6 heptagonal and 6 pentagonal points as
the Euler Characteristic of this piece is 0.