11 Oct 2019
Big Daisy Textile Space
Annie Coggan and Janis Stemmermann
This project’s goal was to investigate a textile space as a complete immersive enviroment. Models were constructed at a 1” = 1 foot in order to gage the impact of the daisy motif in the small confides of the Russell Janis Gallery. They were also tested as to the material quality of each “daisied” surface: the rug surface, the wall textile surface and the upholstery surface are all differing weights and tactile qualities.
When textiles enter the realm of the built environment two units of measure are at odds, the yardage and the foot. The model enabled the makers to quantify the yardage needed in order to cover the space, therefore the exact amount of wood block printing could be assessed. The woodblock used to make the daisy textile was 34” by 34”. The ceiling was smocked by the designer to add to the texture of the space. Using the Daisy as a unit of measure allowed for a shorthand and common language between the designer and printmaker in order to plan and construct the space; the room was measured in “daisies” rather than inches. This installation illustrates the potential of textile-based interiors and an alternate rigor in which to construct them.
This project pushes the boundaries of using textiles within the interior. Each surface tests the power of scale in interiors and the surfaces ability to change perception while inhabiting the space.