'Triaxial Weaving' was a workshop run in the autumn/winter semester 2017 at CITAstudio. We were tasked with creating a large woven structure from maple wood strips. The workshop was run in collaboration with Alison Grace Martin, whose work focuses on weaving as a method of fabrication and form finding. The workshop involved using structural simulation and material testing to design our structures.
Our weave was designed to be a junction between other units that supported plant life, so our structural simulations were based on supporting different types of plants over time and how the weight and balance of the structure would shift as biological matter grew. To test these structures we worked with a combination of physical testing: placing weights on the structure and 3D scanning the effects; and digital simulation: using the young's modulus derrived from physical material tests to drive a simulation using Karamba.