Gottfried Semper defined the knot as a basic human technology and strongly believed that architecture has its origins in a practice of weaving. Just as clothing protected human from the elements, he argued that fabrics, as the means of spatial partitioning, created the first enclosure. (Fischer, 2010) Woven Spaces is an empirical research which explores the relationship between textility and architecture.
Five meters of hand-crafted cloth was cut into pieces, dipped in liquid porcelain and fired at a high temperature - 1260°C. In this inversion casting process, the weave is a "positive form" that burns out during the firing and finally, evaporates as a “lost casting”. At the same time, the porcelain hardens and acquires the shape of the fabric which seems like a fragile image frozen in eternity.
In the next stage, originating from a seamless woven textile, 700 individual tiles were sawn together to construct an imitation of the initial form. Through that, the porcelain cloth becomes a memory of its former self and provides a tangible link to the past by offering an insight into the previous conditions of the material.
Project awarded in Techtextil Student Competition “Textile Structures for New Building 2019”.