This week´s assignment is about technical textiles and textile solidification.

  • Creation of textile composites
  • CNC Milling
  • 3D dimensional forms of textiles
  • Textile and Yarn crystallization in liquid solutions
  • Textile as fabric formwork for concrete casting



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bioplastic cast by miling matchine mould from lucrecia strano on Vimeo.



To grow crystals using this method, you will need: - Alum - Two jars - Spoon - Hot water - Pencil - String or thread - Plastic wrap - Food coloring (optional, can be used to alter the color of the crystal if you wish, but is not necessary to the creation of the crystal)

1 Once you have collect all this stuff, Make a saturated alum solution In order to start growing your crystal, you need to make a solution of hot water and alum. A saturated solution means that you add enough alum that it can no longer dissolve in the water. The water does not have to be boiling, but the alum will dissolve in warm water faster than in cold water. Add a cup of hot water to one jar. Stir in a tablespoon of alum until it dissolves. Keep adding alum and stirring until the alum no longer dissolves. You may see a small amount of alum powder at the bottom of the jar. Add food coloring at this stage to color the water.

2 Transfer the saturated solution into the clean jar. In order to grow good crystals, you don't want any particles in the solution, so the best option its to filter with coffee paper, (I used a tiny fabric and its works)

3 Tie a piece of clear string or thread around the object you want to be crystalized. Take your piece of clear string and make a loop around it tying it in place. The string needs to be tight enough to hold the object in place once it is suspended.

4 Cover the lid of the jar You want to keep any dust or dirt particles out of the jar. Do this by covering the lid with plastic wrap, foil, or placing a piece of cardboard over the top. For a strong seal, wrap a rubber band around the plastic wrap or foil and leave the jar for at least 24 hours If the jar gets bumped or moved around, the crystals will not grow. It may take a few days for the crystal to start to grow in size and keep the crystal in a cool place so it doesn't dissolve.

5 After a few days, check on the crystal

Personally what i want to do in was to try different material reaction. I used a fabric, concrete (alum disolve it, so don't try),wood, thread and seashell Here are the results:

During the quarentine i have try with more materials, bioplastics, tea bag, a candle, red cabbage sheet and i add food colour:


Textile scaffold from lucrecia strano on Vimeo.

This has been a simple process, you have to be careful but nothing out of the ordinary. The first thing I have done is select the texture I wanted to obtain. At Eurecat, we had been created some weave for this assignment so i used one of this (and in the mixture i add a glass of yerba mate). On the other hand, I have put the texture (one of my dehydrator's tray) under a taut textile that will serve as a mold for the concrete After this i cut a water container to make my mixture of water and plaster and pour into both mould. If you use cement this must be poured into the container quickly before it dries Let dry and then unmold it, you can polish and varnish also.