Week 11-14: Final Project

For my final project, I was inspired by water surfaces. 

My moodboard for the project!

Several references that I took from water surfaces was the appearance of the uneven surfaces (due to the ripples), the colour (shades of blue or playing around with transparency) and colourshift. Based on these factors, I tried the following techniques: knitting, thread-based material exploration, felting and elastics.

A sample of the knitting technique that I did. The needle that I used was too thin so the stitches ended up being too tired.
Knitting sample

The bigger knitted sample. I initially used this stitch called the caterpillar stitch. But then the neatness of the stitch did not really seem to reflect the unevenness of the water surface to me. In the end, I just went with random knits, purls and the caterpillar stitch. 

Thread-based material exploration

The thread-based material exploration did not work out the way I wanted it to be. I wanted for the shape to be irregular but when I washed the threads out, the shape did not stay the way that I wanted them to be. 

Material exploration with elastics

This sample just did not turn out the way that I wanted it to be but okay. 

Felting sample

This turned out to be more like a cloud rather than… anything water-like. 

The final sample. I decided to go with this in the end as the nature of the material and the unevenness of the stitches kind of reflects the aspects of water surfaces that I wish to bring across.

As for the application, I thought that maybe this final could be used as a table mat or as a seat cover.