Climatology: Celebrating Natures Survival Tactics
The changing seasons are reflected in Elaine Ng Yan Ling’s latest series of smart textiles. As nature takes its course, Wooden Skin and Macro Wooden Velcro shift shape and colour to create an organic responsive environment.
Layers of veneer are combined with fabric, reactive dyes and reflective surfaces to create objects that adapt to fluctuations in light, temperature and humidity. This new series, CLIMATOLOGY, is inspired by nature’s invisible energy and how materials can adapt to be more resilient and relevant.
Each piece is handcrafted and set in shape. As the materials mature, the objects begin to work together, changing according to their surroundings. They work individually or as a group, affected by the memory of their construction, and responding to changes in the environment.
Macro Wooden Velcro
Demonstrates how to create poetic interactive structures through hybridization of nature’s self-engineered forms. Macro Wooden Velcro’s behaviour is inspired by the natural physical flexible structure of a pinecone combined with the hooks of a dandelion seed. Magnifying the observed microstructures into macro physical design features illustrates the invisible energy surrounding us. Layers of veneer are combined with fabric, reactive dyes and reflective surfaces to create objects that adapt to fluctuations in light, temperature and humidity.
Wooden Skin’s behaviour is inspired by the natural living behaviour of the resurrection plant Selaginelia Lepidoplylla. A plant that can survive extreme dehydration for months or even years.