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Idealog—in the ideas business

Floatsome, skybound and nature-inspired installations

They say it’s better to work with nature than against, and sculpture designer Janet Echelman seems to have got the technique down to a fine art as these flowing, sky-bound pieces show. 

Using material that is both hand and machine woven from UV and weather resistant fibres, Echelman builds sculpture environments that both live and breathe through their responses to forces of nature like wind, water and light. They give ordinary spaces a sense of place. 

Her netted work took its first major dose of inspiration from fisherman in India. Echelman visited India while on a Fulbright Lecturship and learned a number of tricky netting techniques from the local fisherman in Mahaballipuram, working in collaboration with them on her earlier pieces..

Check out Echelman's brilliant presentation in the video below where she details the challenges and engineering techniques employed to make her massive creations a reality. 


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