Bringing you yet another student investigation ‘Grompies’ by Brendon Carlin of the AA, and investigation into plaster and structural molds. It reminds us a lot of Henry Urbach’s P_Wall, however where that was an investigation into a wall paneling style, it seems as though Carlin pushed it further into a successful structural design investigation.
SCHOOL: Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory
TUTORS: Theodore Spyropoulos and Rob-Stuart Smith
COURSE: ‘Matter As Computation’ – Workshop
STUDENTS: Brendon Carlin, Kyle Chou, lluis Enrique Monzo, Carlos Piles, Faysal Tabbarah
“Brendon Carlin and fellow students at the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory have experimented with liquid plaster set in stitched lycra moulds. Called Grompies, the project involved translating a computer-generated pattern into stitched lines across the fabric using a sewing machine and by hand.
These textured fabric canvasses are then pulled taut and fixed to wooden frames before being filled with plaster. The project was a collaborative workshop by Brendon Carlin, Kyle Chou, Lluis Enrique Monzo, Carlos Piles and Faysal Tabbarah, investigating “matter as computation”.
A virtual pattern is generated on the computer through behavioral rule sets which play out with no finite time limits. A moment is observed in the looping of those behaviors in virtual space, and captured.
The resulting pattern is translated by hand and sewing machine into a stitched pattern on lycra by printing and tracing its form.
The stitched sheets of lycra are fixed to wooden frames constructed of scrap material. A plaster, water mix is poured into the tightly stitched lycra pattern and left to set.”
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