Graduation work Design Academy Eindhoven
Wool felt is a fascinating material with exceptional qualities, but not getting the attention it deserves. As its possibilities are not fully explored, I wanted to find out what other potentials this fabric is hiding.
Apparently, most of the shepherds throw their shaving wool away, as selling it is not profitable.
Finding it a waste of valuable material, I started a research, looking for ways to ennoble felt made out of this low quality wool.
This project aims to emphasize the sensitivity and softness of a mechanically made felt, magnifying the fibrous composition and the imperfections it contains.
Working together with a small wool felt producer in the Italian Alps, I interfered with the felt making machines, to give the fabric more character and come to unexpected color and texture results. Manipulating it later with other techniques and combining it with different materials such as resin, the felt becomes something new, ungraspable at first sight. The fibers are magnified, colored, pressed or loosened up, they become transparent or darker. Processed into shape and color compositions, the soft, opaque wool alternately becomes as hard and translucent as frosted glass, creating intriguing contrasts.
Magnificent Fibrosity is a series of hanging panels meant for spaces such as hotel lobbies, office building receptions, airport waiting areas and big hallways or staircases. They divide the space and bring in a tangible, warm and soft atmosphere by filtering the light and blocking or reflecting visibility and sound.