Explore the intersection of traditional, vanishing skills and hi-tech materials with the ‘Weaving the Light’ installation from D.A.R. Proyectos. This year’s installation is inspired by light painting, and is handwoven in a crochet technique from the Andes that integrates transparent plastic electroluminescent wire to shape a durable, flexible and strong material. When combined, the materials serve as both the source of light and the structural foundation of the design.
By approaching the technology as a foundational element of the textile itself, D.A.R. has designed a fully glowing object that is seamlessly assembled. The luminous fabric is striking as it elevates the materials, and is delightfully simple as the vacant form defies the expectation that a lamp should integrate many components. The soft glow of the lamp contrasts the beauty of the hand-work, redefining the value of this traditional technique. The unexpected contrast of materials for lighting creates a fresh and playful interaction between textiles and technology.
DesignTO x Yonge + St. Clair
‘Weaving the Light’ is one of 6 projects in the Yonge + St. Clair BIA, a dynamic neighbourhood in midtown Toronto. During the DesignTO Festival, you are invited to explore the area while checking out the large-scale installations.
- Northern Radiance by Asli Alin at the 2 St. Clair Avenue East
- Weaving the Light by D.A.R. Proyectos at 2 St. Clair Avenue West
- ILLUMINESCENT by by Gensler at 30 St. Clair Avenue West
- Divining (A Long Story V) by Lauren Pirie at 40 St. Clair Avenue West
- Things I Find Unimaginable by Jordan Sook at 55 St. Clair Avenue West
- void by Guillermo Juarez at 95 St. Clair Avenue West
On Saturday, January 28, join us for ‘DesignTO Tours: Stop. Look. Think.‘ featuring Asli Alin, D.A.R. Proyectos, and Lauren Pirie.