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Multilayered Self-Organizing 3D Woven Structures

Personal Interest in Low-Tech Crafts Making
in collaboration with Alison Grace Martin
İstanbul Bilgi University, ComputationBased_BasicDesign
Distance Design Education
Multilayered Adaptation - Self Organizing Pattern
November, 2020

*personal experiments with o-knitting, bilge bal

I am interested in low-tech crafts making.  I like making by hands. I like weaving, stitching, knitting by using threads, yarns and strings and contemporary weaving is small in today’s world. However, weaving is one of the oldest magical techniques of making  to transform a world from 2D to 3D by just using a planar material and assembling it repeating the rule of over and under with a systematic approach.  According to Alison Martin, weaving and o-knitting are two simple techniques which may lead to multiple complexities.  I thought that they can help to formulate a design problem for freshman to cope with space-filling, open-ended 3d lattice, design craft, design computing, self-organizing principles, rules and laws,  creating a system with material and geometry as well. In November 2020, I invited Alison Grace Martin to our studio and she introduced us her techniques of weaving and o-knitting, which provide a wider perspective of constructing self-sustaining structures and geometries. 

As a midterm project called “MULTI-LAYERED 3D SELF ORGANIZING WOVEN STRUCTURES“,  students are asked to design a multi-layered woven structure that will fit into a 36000 cm3. A limited vocabulary of materials, mostly just paper are selected for the way they perform as parts of larger system of modular assembly, weaving and o-knitting. Paper is a magical material since it has a potential from sheet to form. They are free to decide on the dimensions of their imaginary bounding box as 30x30x40 cm, 20x50x36 cm or 20x60x30 cm. They may choose one of the node-to-node as o-knitting with short strips, edge to-edge binding with 3d connectors, and trixaxial, kagome with long strips as weaving techniques. They should master these  techniques so that they will be able to play with its parameters to arrive at  a 3D self-standing structure that has the potential to transform itself. 

All experience how complexity emerges from simplicity! 

*Studio Works 
in a volume of 36000 cm3  on an imaginary bounding box as 30x30x40 cm, 20x50x36 cm or 20x60x30 cm

Seda Sankur

Seda Sankur

Maya Kalali

Ecesu Palçik

Ceyda Nur Doğan


Serra Barlas

Deniz Kantar

Jülide Özarıcı

Furkan Güneş

Buket Pamuk

* Studio critics to the mid-term assignment are given together with Bahar Avanoğlu and Meral Erdoğan