Excerpts from TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN: From Interior Space to Outer Space, Edited by Deborah Schneiderman and Alexa Griffith Winton. Chapter 6 "Ulterior Motives" by Sarah Strauss
"Three dimensional (3D) wallpaper produces a new tactile experience that crosses the threshold of interior design, architecture, and image making. It challenges the most fundamental assumptions of space making by generating an immersive experience that simultaneously addresses flatness and virtual depth. Its effects produce uncertainty in locating the surface of the wall, thereby creating pleasure in artifice rather than clearly defining enclosure. The wall does more than merely confirm the position or materiality of a boundary; instead this surface allows for a new visual thickness that involves the body. Touch becomes a sensory experience no less tangible to the eyes than to the skin. 3D wallpaper is an interactive condition that offers an experience of sensitive viewing."
BLOOM - original pattern by LuzElena Wood
"This project introduces a new problem for wallpaper: the use of stereoscopic viewing to produce pattern that has the illusion of three dimensions. Stereoscopic vision triangulates figures to simulate depth, taking advantage of our natural visual response to image doubling by forcing the interpretation of distance. By offsetting images left and right at different increments, layers of depth are produced that appear distinct. Sharply focused elements with no horizontal offset establish a reference layer against which other elements are measured. Motif is embedded in these spatial layers allowing multiple membranes to interpenetrate, to weave through one another generating visual thickness. Unique to wallpaper the vertical seam that aligns the left and right edges of the paper not only continues the pattern, but it establishes a repeated spatial matrix."
FALLS - original pattern by Niketa Shah
"Three typologies, VEIL, SCENE, and ZIGAG present the distinct vectors of spatial construction via wallpaper. These strategies suggest a dialogue between motif and geometric structure as well as an alignment with surface effects that belong to interior design, conceptual art, and architecture. Pattern, once tentatively restricted to the domain of decoration, returns with new potency and with it a new set of issues emerges. Structure is redefined by the scale and manner of repeat; it shifts from the tectonic to the geometric as a means to establish visual order. And because structure alone does not satisfy the senses, images, too return to the surface as motif....3D wallpaper produces a relationship of viewing that moves toward individual tactile experience and interactive design."
SWAMPED - orginal pattern by Rachel Ben-Zadok
UROBOROS - original pattern by Allison Wood