This folded textile series was developed by investigating the Armadillo, an endemic species from my home country, Brazil. I have always been captivated by their eccentricity and the biological mechanics of their surprisingly flexible armor, which is exclusive of Armadillos.
I combined a very ordinary material through a material investigation, the aluminum mesh, with the folding technique to explore 3D form, pliability, and architectonics. Besides being inspired by Armadillo’s ingenious system of movable bands, I was also driven by the concept of having the weaving technique as an intrinsic part of the whole and essential to the development of this project.
Specific warp colors were chosen to give life and luminosity to the different shapes and forms, enhanced by the various shadows each one produces.
This project was developed during the course Weaving I at Rhode Island School of Design.