Danish designer and artist Astrid Krogh
Whereas tapestries, and fabrics in general, were once regarded as decorative additions to the interior, I want to show how textile technology can create architectural elements. By integrating textiles into architecture, we can pave the way for forms that are fluidic as well as fixed, and designs that promote shifting relationships between onlooker and object. The tactility associated with textile forms was once limited to fingertips alone; in my work work, it is gauged by the eye and experienced with all the senses.
Right now my weaving HORIZON is a part ot the exhibition “Building with Textiles” at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg. The largescaled woven object is inspired by the ever-changing spectrum of colours in the sky. HORIZON almost meditative changes colours and light intensity. One minute it can be yellow like dawn then blue for midday and then into the dark blue for night. It lends a very meditative feeling to a space, big or small. HORIZON offers the viewer an imaginary trip to the horizon, where movement in the light constantly is creating new horizons. At the same time it shows that the line separating nature and culture is remarkable thin.
My work always represents the moment of surprise and change, either by virtue of the light's modulation or because the work is interacting with the viewer's own movements. The sense of wonder that these changes awaken in the viewers constitutes a crucial dimension of my pieces. I set out to truly integrate work into the space so that it becomes a part of it. Every building has a unique atmosphere; every space has its own soul. My work is born out of feeling, yet, takes shape according to the physical characteristics of the space.
I also have been working in TextielLab recently. It was a great opportunity to rediscover old traditional textile techniques. Combining these techniques with modern materials and machines opens up fantastic new possibilities for future work, and I look forward to work with the TextielLab on a new project.