Swedish-Chilean artist/ designer Anton Alvarez’s Thread Wrapping Machine creates objects by binding the different components that go into making an object (legs, seat, back rest, etc.) together with thousands of meters of glue-coated thread. For an upcoming exhibition at Gallery Libby Sellers, Alvarez is investigating alternative possibilities with the machine.
“No screws, joinery or nails are used to link the different components of the furniture – just the thread.” says Gallery Libby Sellers. “Through this ingenious method, Alvarez is free to join materials such as wood, steel, or plastic while at the same time, creating decorative patterns formed by the different colours of the thread.”
In advance of the upcoming exhibition, Alvarez is investigating alternative possibilities with the machine – looking at the structural capabilities of thread-wrapped fabric and the decorative details made possible by mixing the glue with paint. “I have full control over the development of the machine,” says Alvarez, explaining that the set-up allows him to be independent from industry as well as from tradition. “I can freely experiment and develop it according to what I discover are my needs in this new craft.”
The solo exhibition of new works is due to open in the Berners Street gallery in early March 2014.