Woven 3D texture merged with pattern
Surface Synergy is an innovative woven project by textile designer
Johanna Samuelsson. Shrinking is used to transform the flat textile
surface into a texturized one. At the same time as the pattern is
created in the loom, also the texture is formed. Or rather, there is
an interwoven ability for shrinking; this action of transformation is
planned at the same time as the rest of the weave. But as long hold
in the loom, the fabric is under tension and little shrinking can occur.
First after cutting down and steaming, the final result of the shrinking
can be seen.
By the technique of digital jacquard weaving, this project explores
the synergy between 3D texture and pattern, where they together
function both as construction of texture and decoration of surface.
Instead of seeing texture and pattern as separated, both of these
notions are embedded in the same process of creating the woven
This work proposes on-loom effects requiring minimal finishing
Woven patterns, such as plaid and houndstooth, are updated by
merging with texture. The interrelation between texture and pattern,
transformed by shrinking, twists with traditional patterns and weaving:
creating expressions that have the ambition to evoke the viewer by surprise.
Surface Synergy is a MA degree project in textile design by
Johanna Samuelsson at The Swedish School of Textiles in 2016.
Technique: Digital jacquard weaving
Material: Elastane, lurex, cotton, polyester
With founding from TEKO
Group exhibition with craft theme, showing
UNG SVENSK FORM 2018
Designcentrum, Östersund, Sweden
21-28 July 2018
NEU NOW 2017
New Designers Part 1
Business Design Centre London
The Textile Museum of Sweden
John Lewis Loves
Surface Synergy was awarded John Lewis Loves commendation
at New Designers with the motivation
“Interesting exploration of yarn, technique and structure along
with fabric behavior to create intriguing textiles“.
The Weave Shed
”New Designers: The Swedish School of Textiles”