Wool In a Pot, 2020
Experimental, Textile

Virtual exhibition
︎︎︎ Dutch Design Week 2020
Wool in a Pot is an experimental project focusing solely on exploring the endless possibilities of how wool could be formed based on the principle of established wool felting techniques in the home set up environment.

The experimentation started with a series of tryouts of the traditional wool treatments such as cleaning, carding, wet felting, needle felting, and wool dyeing. Unlike wet and needle felting, dyeing is not the method meant for forming the wool. In contrast, the wool should not be felted during this process at all. However, with the inexperience of the designer, her wool got tangled by the unnecessary movement while soaking in the warm colour bath.

Looking into the principle of wet felting, the crucial elements are water, temperature fluctuation, soap and surfaces, which usually are hands and bubble wraps, for creating agitation. In the accidental dye felting, the movement of wool combining with the surface of the container, water-body and mild-heat from the stove-top substituted the mentioned felting requirements and resulted in somewhat felted wool.

From this point, the essential elements for the experimentation are framed. Maintaining water, soap and heat from wet felting technique, then introducing pot, stirring tools and hand movements from the dyeing process, the foundation of the pot felting method is formed.

Felting in a pot creates interesting results as the felted pieces became more organic compare to the traditional felting methods such as needle felting which could be control as precisely as the maker desire. The pot felted pieces, on the other hands, are more dependent on the natural interaction between the wool and the surfaces, which is less controllable. The movement used in the making also pronouncedly reflects in their forms.

How the wool is prepared, what tool and movement used are the three main factors influencing the form generated. These factors are gradually evolving throughout the experimentation, from using a chopstick to customised tools, using circular motions to rectangular movement, from using carded-wool as is to adding a pre-shaping step before felting and so on. The more variety adding to each factor, the more forms are being generated. Thus, the experimentation could continuously be expanding.

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