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Textile, Floro

This is a Textile. It was designed by Aleksandra Gaca and woven by TextielLab. It is dated 2015 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is cotton, wool, polyester, mohair and its technique is digitally jacquard woven. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Studio Aleksandra Gaca specializes in the design of innovative, sculptural weave structures, which have the added benefit of absorbing sound.
In 2000, Gaca was commissioned by the Audax TextielMuseum in Tilburg, The Netherlands, to create work in their TextielLab, a specialized workshop for innovation in textiles. There, she was able to work with the computer-controlled Dornier Jacquard loom, experimenting with 3-dimensional effects in weaving. She combines these with unusual materials, from soft mohair and merino wool to polyester, paper, Lurex and metal yarns, "using yarns," as she explains, "to build the textile." The contrasting stiffness of the yarns and the heat treatment after the textile has been woven contribute to the strongly dimensional quality of the weaves, while also providing compelling visual and tactile contrasts.
FLORO is part of the Architextile series of 3-D woven acoustic materials she later developed for the contract market (and which are still woven at TextielLab). Due to their layered construction and sculptural surfaces, Architextiles absorb sound more effectively than flat-woven fabrics. Their undulating surfaces also create a pleasing play of light and shadow. Used as wall-mounted panels or as room dividers, these fabrics lie at the intersection of art, design and architecture, participating fully in both the aesthetic and functional programs of the architecture.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Maylene Syracuse.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 322.6 × 117 cm (10 ft. 7 in. × 46 1/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Floro; Designed by Aleksandra Gaca (Polish, active Netherlands, b. 1969); cotton, wool, polyester, mohair; H x W: 322.6 × 117 cm (10 ft. 7 in. × 46 1/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Maylene Syracuse; 2016-18-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making | Breaking: New Arrivals.

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