Today, textile designers have gained the ability to look anew upon the technique of weaving through the use of digital tools, thus challenging what a textile can be. The work Surface Synergy is a fascinating study of weaving technique, yarn, structure, and fabric behaviour resulting in the creation of interesting woven textiles. Artist Johanna Samuelsson explores digital jacquard weaving by presenting a new take on traditional weaving patterns, such as the plaid and hounds tooth. The final result is a three-dimensional texture made by multi-layered bindings and shrinking yarn.
“One of the strengths of this mixing of pattern and texture is the concept of sensory manipulation. I think that if a design somehow breaks with assumed notions of aesthetic and tradition (by distorting and disturbing such expectation), we might start to look upon the object in a different way. I aim to create expressions that have the ambition to evoke the viewer through surprise.”