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Knitted Architecture, 2021

Arts and Culture
Christmas
Free Events
Arts and Culture
Christmas
Free Events

Dates

27 November 2021 - 29 December 2021
Daily
24 Hours

Venue

Atrium

In the spirit of togetherness, the Sampling the Future exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia will spill into Fed Square’s Atrium this festive season, adding a sense wonder to the space.

Seven supersized knitted architectural towers in vibrant colours, created by Architect Leanne Zilka and Textile Designer Jenny Underwood, will accent the entrance to The Atrium, sparking conversation and joy.

Produced at the RMIT Fashion and Textiles research lab – these textile structures investigate the use of digital design and 3D knitting technologies as an architectural system. Seamless knitting technologies, which ‘print’ 3D forms stitch by stitch (pixel by pixel) allow the designers to produce whole pieces of extruded textile tubes. Combining the scale of architecture with the whole garment technology in textile design, each piece expresses shape using different yarns and threads that have the ability to perform as structures. These works are prototypes of textile ‘skins’ that once combined with emerging digital design and advanced fibres such as carbon fibre and Dyneema yarns could feasibly offer ways to rapidly knit high-strength, light-weight forms for columns and other architectural elements with material efficiency and minimal waste.

The supersized towers aim to invite visitors back into Fed Square, celebrating togetherness and the human spirit. With vibrant colours that remind us of the Australian summer, Knitted Architecture delivers joy through colour and decoration.

Banner image: Installation view of Leanne Zilka and Jenny Underwood’s Knitted Architecture 2021 on display in Sampling the Future at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne. Photo: Tom Ross

Commissioned by Fed Square and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

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