Architectural Planes investigates urban environments through colour and shape. Observing the architectural planes from various angles to create a unique set of assets and colour palette specific to that place.
Within German American artist, Anni Albers essay, The Pliable Plane: Textiles within Architecture, she compared textiles with architecture, explaining the differences such as durability, flexibility and portability. She also explored that buildings and textiles once had a common purpose – to provide shelter.
Explaining that textiles acted as a shelter for nomads compared to nowadays, textiles has moved indoors. It no longer protects us from the elements – it has relaxed duties, textiles function has lost its importance – used for more aesthetic reasons rather than for survival.
Taking inspiration from this essay, I have explored bringing the exteriors of these cities into the indoors to be viewed within and alongside the interior of a building. Textiles as ‘pliable planes’ are an ‘integral architectural element’.
I produced a flexible textile plane that hangs within a space but also having a portable quality. Depicted are fifteen European capital cities which I have visited.
To create these designs I have undergone a series of methods, both analogue and digital. From utilising Adobe Illustrator to create the assets to dye sublimation printing to transfer the image onto textiles.
I have also taken this project further by laser cutting specific assets onto plywood to be worn as earrings.
Words: Amy Harman, Illustration, @amy_harman_