Monday, October 12, 2009

Material Studies 3 - Shredded silk encased in glass

I’ve always wanted to experiment with fabric encased in glass. I’ve had a friend for 6 years who blows glass in Ithaca, NY at Buttermilk Studios, an independently owned glass blowing studio. For two days my friend Alix and I played with the concept of permanently sealing finely cut up silks into Pyrex glass tubes. After a few trials with rounded shapes and ‘donut’ shapes, we discovered the best method for sealing in the silk was using ¼ inch diameter tubes. I think the finished samples we ended up with look great and I’d like to keep experimenting with this idea.

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