mika barr: folding A part
mika barr: folding A part mika barr: folding A part
mar 16, 2011

mika barr: folding A part

close-up of leaf-like 3D fabric

‘folding A-part’ is a project that deals with print as an outline to fabric’s structure. an exploration and research performed by israeli-based mika barr, the development is a series of textiles that fold, fracture and turn in three-dimensional ways, derived from a flat printed pattern.

full view of leaf-like 3D fabric

the initial interest for the project came from barr’s research into the relation between geometrics and organics, and her observation of flowers and different structures in nature, exploring the relationship between printed material itself and the image it creates. this investigation evolved into a textile manufacturing process in which a 2D image defines the dropping and folding of fabric. the light and elastic textiles are hand-dyed and then screen printed with an inflexible material that indicates the fabric’s movement, creating a new, three-dimensional textile structure. while ‘folding A-part’ is hand-made (dyed and printed), the technique has been transferred into industrial production through barr’s studio. besides forming sculptural elements, the textiles can be designated for use in various fields including furniture.

the fabrics are screen printed with an inflexible material that indicates the fabric’s movement

‘folding A-part’ is on show as part of the ‘promisedesign: new design from israel’ exhibition curated by ely rozenberg presented at milan design week 2011.

detail of the folds and fractures

geometric-patterend 3D fabric

full view of the polygonal structure of the fabric

all fabrics are hand-dyed


3D floral sample

print sample

polygonal sample

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication we have already acquired many submissions, so keep on the lookout for more of your projects to be published in the coming days!

  • very good Idea…I love these ideas…

    luisEfe80 says:
  • Does this artist have a website or contact info?

    World of Threads Festival says:
  • dear world of threads festival,
    if you pass along your e-mail,
    we can forward your contact to the artist directly
    so she can get in touch with you directly.

    andrea / designboom says:
  • These are gorgeous! Where can I look at more and see them/touch them in person? Possibly at Communikey Festival? That’s how I linked here…

    rebekah says:
  • Hi, this is my mail for contact [email protected]
    My website is under construction

    mika barr says:
  • NICE 🙂

    widya says:
  • Hi. Were you by any chance influenced by this?


    . says:
  • no 🙂 the project was made in 2009 as my final project in shenkar college. I saw elisa strozyk’s beautiful stuff, but only after I completed my project.
    although the look is similar, the materials and process are different.

    mika says:

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