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Wooden Sheep

Memory of Material

This was a low budget installation piece in which I was invited to create for the grand opening of the Wooden Sheep gallery and store.  The owners of the Wooden Sheep, Eric Hallworth and Ben Mattern, wanted the installation to be created of almost entirely reclaimed material and combine ideas of fibers and architecture.  Their shop is dedicated to sustainability and almost everything in the shop is locally made out of reclaimed materials.  With the premise of sustainability on hand and almost no financial budget available we created an installation out of reclaimed burlap coffee sacks and the jute fibers which we unwound from the coffee sacks.  The coffee sacks came from Americas Georgia from a large coffee roaster and the wooden dowels used to string the burlap panels together were found running in the ceiling of the newly rented out space.  Undulations in the fabric were created with buttons created by the Wooden Sheep out of dried branches.  Almost all the material came from reclaimed objects and only a hand full of things were purchased from a local hardware store.

Wooden Sheep Installation

A design collaborative intertwining architecture and Fibers.

Objective:

Creating the threshold as a fluid motion in which the user is drawn in to feel the space compress and then open to expose the interior of the gallery.

Method:

In trying to combine the ideologies with in Fibers and Architecture the methods in which the installation was created were formed.

The idea was to create this feeling of contraction and extraction by designing an undulating surface to dictate the space.  To achieve this we decided to construct a paneled system that used the least materials possible for minimum waste.  In finding the most sustainable solution second generation burlap coffee sacks were used to create panels.  We used reclaimed wooden dowels from the space to construct the connection pieces of the panels.  In order to use the least amount of materials we strung the panels in tension to keep them in place.  Once the panels were in place the wooden buttons were pressed against the fabric to undulate the surface.  As the panels began to span across the surface and connecting to one another the form began to act as a whole.  Putting a certain panel in tension would effect a panel that was three rows away. By the end on the construction the panels became one, creating the experience of being drawn in and released.

Materials:

Reclaimed: Burlap coffee sacks, Wooden Dowels, Jute, Wooden Buttons

First Generation : Eye hooks and Jute

Designing for our children’s children:

Every part of the installation can be reused.  The burlap sacks will be donated to the fibers building for students to explore the potentials. The jute can be re-used and stitched with once again.  The wooden buttons will be sold at the wooden sheep and the wooden dowels will go back to the wood shop.  The eye hooks will be saved and reused.  Everything that created the instillation is in its second or third generation and will go on to have further use.

Special Thanks for all the help and support!

Micheal Royer_assistant designer

Eric Hallworth_Co-owener of the Wooden Sheep

Ben Mattern_Co-owener of the Wooden Sheep

Katy Mattern_Fibers consultant

and anyone else who assisted the design, creation, and inspiration of this piece of art!

 

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Links

Wooden Sheep

http://woodensheep.tumblr.com/