Exposures 1 - Machine

October 2009



Fascinated by the idea of shaping a textile by the pure usage of light, we developed 'Exposures' a photosensitive fabric based on the blueprint technique. The 'gradient machine' is especially designed for the production process and exposes the textile in horizontal lines to the daylight. These line-thickness can be adjusted. Depending on the length of exposure, the light is captured in the material, that is resulting in different shades of blue. The longer exposed the darker the fabric will become, which is not only indicated by the colour itself but as well by the numbers representing each lines' exposure time in minutes. After the process the textile is washed with water to be fixated. After the first edition at the Dutch Design Week in 2009 we made new experiments. Here we tried to make different colours instead of blue. We added pigments to the emulsion, still keeping the photosensitive reaction. This resulted in greenish, purplish and greyish colours. The total coloured textiles are displayed on a standard from oak wood and is presented during the Salone del Mobile, 2010, Milano with the group Dutch Invertuals. For those who are interested, they are for sale!