This project was inspired by Op Art, a twentieth century art movement and style in which artists sought to create an impression of movement on an image surface by means of an optical illusion. Passive elements consisting of composite laminates were produced with the goal of creating lightweight, semi-rigid, and nearly transparent pieces. The incorporation of active materials comprised a unique aspect of this project: the investigation of surface movement through controlled and repeatable deformation of the composite structure using SMA wiring technology. The integration of composite materials with SMA wiring and Arduino.
Graduate Collection, Royal College of Art (RCA)
From the designer: “The initial inspiration came from the patchwork found at tailors which was made in 1895 by one of the employee of Henry Poole & Co. Then I moved on to take a look at optical art works (such as Vasarely, Bridget Riley, and Escher), polygon, and 3-D wire-frame. This project was all about translating the ideas and images that I had in my head into 3-D materials.”