- story by MaterialDistrict
The Claything project experiments and explores the potential of ceramics in fabric design. Textile construction techniques are used to assemble ceramic particles. These structures are transformed to a flexible material, aiming to create new tactile, aesthetic and functional experiences of clay. The material behaves like fabric, but the ceramics add new architectural characteristics.
Claything uses various weaves to create the fabrics using clay beads made from different types of clay in various shapes, such as spheres or tubes. Depending on how the beads are woven, the resulting fabric is drapeable or stiff. A flat, square stitch with spherical beads, for instance, results in a stiff and dense textile that can be used to make 3D objects, while fabric made from tube-shaped beads using a right-angle weave forms a transformable light-filter.