Nasa is developing 3-D printed fabrics that combine not only the functionality of the materials they are made of, but also their structural function.
Fabrics could be made in space to fit jobs managing heat absorption or deflection, tensile strength, meteorite deflection. They could be made of new material or even recycle material that is at hand.
Maybe this technology can realize this vision of the future:
Thank you BoingBoing where I get about 35% of my information.
Nova, the PBS show, has just made a show on folding that I can't stop talking about.
Their decription: The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the question is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm—a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what would that mean for the future of design? Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art as NOVA unfolds “The Origami Revolution.”
We are facing difficult times. We are all trying to figure out how to be a nation again.
One review said: Costume Designer Fabio Toblini excels with his elaborate designs that spare no excess or detail. From Cécile’s youthful debutante gowns and Madame de Tourvel’s just demure enough day dresses to Valmont’s velvet waistcoats and brocade dandy vests, he uses fine fabric, texture, and color to perfectly define his characters. But his sumptuous designs reserved for Merteuil, flowing visions in electric jewel tones, trump even the best of his plot. Miss Douglas’ talent and persona draped in Toblini’s extravagant creations espousing Hampton’s sublime words combine into the mesmerizing force of nature she creates in Merteuil. Toblini provides her with every tool she needs to commandeer the stage with minimal effort.
We were ready for our close up with a rare inclusion of our favorites.
Roy tells me the four green tables are meant to be bought by a collector who would get and use one table, Roy would get and use a second table, a museum would receive and keep pristine the third while the fourth would be anonymously donated to a thrift store. God I love that guy.
The work in his show is gorgeous- often pairing found furniture with large constructions. While I don't fully understand the relationship, I do respond. The drop leave table in a white monolith made me tear up a little.
Luisa's show has her paired with Christina Kim of dosa, inc., and Reiko Sudo of NUNO. All three use industrial waste with originality and surprise.
Luisa and her recycling are, of course, very dear to my heart.
Sure is August in NYC right now. The city really gives a lot to people who stay in town. Right now there are a bunch of shows I love.
The Met is doing double duty with Unfinished and Manus x Machina. Unfinished is at the Met Breuer, whose renovation is understated and stunning. The floor of not modern art delivers a view into the workings of artists that we never get to see. There is a room of Turner paintings found in his studio after his death. They are only background- it's unclear if the boat had yet to be added or if he had made the leap to pure abstraction. What is clear is that I cried a little in there. It's up until 4 September
FIT's gallery has a hot hot small show called Uniformity. Beautiful and susinct. Totally worth a visit before 19 November. Starting 23 September FIT is showing Proust's Muse, The Countess Greffulhe. Based on this dress alone it's gonna be great:
El Museo Del Barrio has a show on Antonio Lopez. I love this show so so much. Antonio's brief career had a huge influence on fashion at the time and was formative for both Fabio and I.
Finally my dear friend Randal Stoltzfus is showing on the 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman starting 16 August. That's two great tastes that go great together!
Helen Mirra has an installation at the Armory Arts Center in Pasadena called Standard Incomparable. In it she asked weavers to weave 7 stripes of alternating local natural undyed fiber. Each stripe should be a hand width wide and and arm’s length long. Each weaving becomes a description of the locale and of the weaver.
My contribution was woven on our Mixtape Light Neutrals warp. Since I live in a city and local can be defined many ways, I unraveled 2 vintage sweaters I bought here- brown Peruvian alpaca and the other Irish fisherman’s knit natural white wool.