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Magdalena Wierzbicka (MIARD) Wins the First Material Award at Techtextil

Willem de Kooning Academy
Wed 15 May

From 14 to 17 May 2019, international exhibitors are presenting the entire spectrum of technical textiles, functional apparel textiles and textile technologies at Techtextil , the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens in Frankfurt am Main.

We are proud to announce that our Piet Zwart Institute student, Magdalena Wierzbicka (Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design MIARD), has received the First Award in the category Material Innovations of the Techtextil student competition. Magdalena has been awarded a prize for her project ‘Woven Spaces - Porcelain Textiles’. The jury honours the fact that the contribution draws on the Thuringian tradition of porcelain lace from the late 19th century and transforms it into a modern design language:

"The jury has awarded the First Prize in the “Material Innovations” category to “Woven Spaces – Porcelain Textiles.” This contribution by Magdalena Wierzbicka documents an empirical research process, which harks back technically to the Thuringian tradition of porcelain lace from the late nineteenth century and transforms it into a modern formal language. The process represents an inversion of the casting process usual for porcelain, whereby the textile weave becomes the substrate as a “positive form” and, in firing, finally evaporates as a “lost casing.” Through the use of coarse, partially damaged or heavily corrugated fabrics the results look like the “styles” of a movement. The contradiction between a seemingly accidental snapshot and a fragile image, frozen in eternity has a high aesthetic quality. The next stage in the concept, of making from the individual parts a more complex textile structure again, is seen by the jury as just one of the many interesting possibilities of this inspiring process. Many further exciting structural concepts are yet conceivable."


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