Woven

Sylwia Orynek

Disrupting traditional craft with digital 3D weaving.

F r e e W e a v e r is a textile platform for manual assembly of three-dimensional structures. By interlacing multiple 2D woven surfaces at a variety of angles, it allows the user to create forms unobtainable on a traditional hand or frame loom. The presence of adjustable parts enables fabrication of virtually infinite combinations of shapes, soft materials and patterns. 

3D weaving has been disrupting the industry due to its superior properties, such as multidirectional strength and elimination of artificial bonding in post-production. However, these advanced systems are generally unavailable to individuals outside the fields of textile engineering. 

In response, the F r e e W e a v e r tool has been developed for a new generation of creative practitioners by equipping them with an innovative 3D hand making technique. By rejecting wasteful cut-and-sew manufacturing and supporting preservation of hand skills, it offers a more sustainable alternative to traditional processes. Commercial or personalised production of technical, aesthetic and symbolic textiles made accessible to anyone.  

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orynek.sylwia@gmail.com

sylwia.orynek@network.rca.ac.uk

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School of Design

Sylwia Orynek is a contemporary weaver whose work positions itself

in the grey area between the disciplines of craft and design engineering. 

With additional interest in research-driven creative practice,  

she approaches her investigations in a cross-disciplinary manner. 
 


Sylwia has an extensive knowledge of experimental textile making  

and a growing enthusiasm for computer-aided design and parametric tools.  

She combines those in pursuit of a hybrid practice, where analogue and digital  

methodologies meet in order to disrupt and advance traditional weaving processes.   

Fig. 1 - Digital 3D material designed using the FreeWeaver platform

Fig. 2 - 3D material handwoven using the FreeWeaver platform; Fig. 3 - FreeWeaver System Mapping

Fig 4. - Manual exploration of materials handwoven using the FreeWeaver platform

Fig. 5 - Diagram of the FreeWeaver tool; Fig. 6 - Digital Freeweaver tool

Fig. 7, 8 - Digital and analogue morphologies generated using the FreeWeaver platform; Fig. 9,10 - Digital and analogue 3D materials designed using the FreeWeaver platform

Fig. 11 - Taxonomy of material properties tested in the FreeWeaver platform; Fig. 12 - Applications of the FreeWeaver platform

Fig. 11 - Taxonomy of material properties tested in the FreeWeaver platform; Fig. 12 - Applications of the FreeWeaver platform

Analogue
Construct
Craftsmanship
Cross-disciplinary
Digital Craft
Form
Maker
Spatial
Structure
Sustainability
Three-dimensional
Weave

Fig. 1 Diarmuid Farrell - FreeWeaver material digitally woven using Python

Fig. 2 Sylwia Orynek - Parametric material designed using the FreeWeaver platform

Fig. 3 Diarmuid Farrell - Development of 2D digital materials woven using Python

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Fig. 4 Sylwia Orynek - Manual exploration of morphologies within the FreeWeaver platform

Fig. 5 Diarmuid Farrell - Development of 3D digital material woven using Python

Fig. 5 Diarmuid Farrell - Development of 3D digital material woven using Python

Fig. 6 Diarmuid Farrell - Translation of Python code into a 3D digital material

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In collaboration with: Diarmuid Farrell:

http://www.diarmuids.com/
Diarmuid Farrell is an Interaction designer based in Dublin, who recently completed his BA in Interaction design at the National College of Art and Design. Diarmuid's work explores research through design, using making as a tool for exploration of the human experience. His practice focuses on the digital, exploring how we navigate digital spheres and how this affects our relationships and experiences. Diarmuid is technically proficient in programming, using it as a tool for investigation and creativity, connecting code and craft.
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