A textile designer based out of Tel Aviv, Israel; Mika Barr focuses on creating 3D-printed fabrics that create sculptural forms through folding and pattern. Being first introduced to these in 2012, I have seen her patterns become more complex and intricate, mimicking both geometric and organic forms.
Despite the interesting colours, pattern and sculptural appearance, one of the most successful aspects of her work is the combination of technology and craft. Blending 3D printing and traditional textile applications, she has created not only novel objects, but her methods allude to a more emergent form of design. The efficiency and precision brought about by the tools she uses allows her to explore increasingly complex, intricate patterns while still maintaining a level of feasibility not previously achievable. She exemplifies a new wave of design that is possible with the aid of digital fabrication; tools which include CNC machines, laser cutters, and 3D printing.
Tools aside, she continues to pay attention to how the objects she produces exist in the real world – paying close attention to comfort, appearance and utility. At the end of the day, the textiles she creates should have impact on those that experience them. That said, it’s pretty cool having a throw that doubles as a sculpture on your couch.
- Julian Wylegly