Electroluminescent wire (often abbreviated to EL wire) is a thin copper wire coated in a phosphor which glows when an alternating current is applied to it. wikipedia
Certainly the quality of EL wire is unlike other light sources like LED ( a series of points) – it produces a smooth unbroken line of visible light. Its thin diameter makes it flexible and ideal for use in a variety of applications such as clothing or costumes – which makes it very interesting for me to use it in my weaving practice.
Loop.pH is a London based art and design studio intervening at an urban scale to re-imagine life in the city. Rachel Wingfield set up loop.pH to develop reactive surfaces for the interior and has worked on architectural and fashion commissions, product design and public installations. Rachel Wingfield was as well a speaker at the Enmeshed: Architecture and Textiles Conference in Stockholm last year.
They experiment in many fields of electroluminescence materials.
The work of Loop.ph inspires me a lot, since they put their work in the context of urban spaces and their interaction. Their work is settled in between research, art and design practice, creating works that will define our future way of living – not only seen fro the use of new materials and techniques, morelikely from the side of a sustainable point of view. (read further MetabolicCity.
From a textile design point of view, the EL-wire poses a wider understanding of the use of light and textiles. Several esthetical functions can be of interest when working with the EL-wire: light as a design element (interior patterns), light as a communicative element (warning systems), light as a lighting element (light object), … . Aspects that I am aware of when making testweavings with the EL-wire on my table loom.
January has been busy with the production of works. I am renting the weaving workshop at the Art School in Bergen to produce some works, that are in combination with el-wire (electrolumiscent). They wire is glowing nicely blue.
Welcome to Vevringutstillinga exhibition at Vevring, Norway, Friday 17th til Sunday, 11:00 til 18:00. Two of my works will be exhibited, the digital weave tapestry The Glacier and Fjord, Baby! – a Video/Textile Installation as a tribute to Vevring.
Summer holidays are over, and with the sunshine in my heart I am starting my production phase. Back lays half a year of planning, organizing and ordering. I unpacked quite some boxes of materials, and now it is time to use them. Next delivery of materials will contain fine metal thread cu/ag 0,06mm, stainless steal thread 0,07mm, more el – wire, different kinds of colors and qualities of flaxthread, … . I started production of 3 big works, – a light textile installation, a sound textile installation, and an interactive fiber installation. The picture shows a photo of a model i made and put in an architecture model, to check proportions of one of he works.
I will be part of 2 group exhibitions this autumn: 2 of my works will be shown at the Vevringutstilling in Vevring / Norway, 17 – 19 of september, and another 2 at a travelling exhibition, with opening in sogndal, the 23rd of october.
Next week I will be visiting bergen, for an intense weaving week with the digital TC1 loom. There I will produce a big digital weaving, that later I will use for my light Installation.
In April 2010 I moved into my new Studio, the Gamle Komunehuset in Dale i Sunnjford, Norway. It is a good place to work, with high ceilings and no direct sunlight. This is a snapshot of the creative chaos, while testing my handspun conductive yarn.