Open to Change: Slowing Down to Explore and Innovate

  • Nicola Redmore (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Slowing down the creative process to engage with the materials themselves, this
paper starts to explore the potential of hand woven leno structures to be used within the landscape and to explore the process of change in response to environmental factors. Architect Philip Beesleys’ work seeks to achieve a balance with nature, submitting itself to the natural cycles and inevitable decay, in which he deliberately designs mesh structures with weak and fragile links, whose materials soak up environmental forces. This paper starts to further explore the value of haptic intelligence and empathy for materials, also adopted by Beesley in his Haystack Veil (1997) and later Holozoic series. The process of creating leno structures on a handloom, has resulted in outcomes difficult to predict using digital software, confirming weaving as an emergent system (Philpott, 2011), where disparate threads are combined into dynamic structures.
Period12 Nov 2015
Event titleFuturescan 3: Intersecting Identities
Event typeConference
LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational