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SCARFITECTURE GUATEMALA
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This project consists of asking eight international, well-known architects to create an image, texture, or painting (e.g. a drawing, collage, water color etc.) on a 2m x 4cm paper. Their designs or images will then be rendered into woven textiles by artisans of Ecolibri (www.ecolibri.org) at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala using a back-strap loom and sustainable materials such as naturally dyed threads and reclaimed / recycled materials like unraveled old sweaters. They will either be sold as wall hangings or shawls / scarves.

SCARFITECTURE aims to show off (market) the skills and talents of the artisans by putting the spotlight on them and what they can do, enabling them to create a sustainable business weaving and sewing textiles and garments for local, tourist and export markets.

For our scarf design we were inspired by fish scales and their geometrical pattern. Studies in Dub division patterns helped us develop the pattern and its small deviations. As in nature, small “mistakes” make for an interesting whole, as quasi-crystals are more interesting than the perfect crystal; we let the small flaws become the darlings of the scarf.

Credits

Year: Completed 2011
Location: Guatemala, Central America
Client: Ecolibri
Project Type: Pro-Bono contribution

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