Elisa Strozyk’s work fools us. These pieces might look like cloth, they are actually made out of wood. The light wooden pattern folds into itself and looks soft and cozy. But, I’m sure that if you were to fall onto this blanket, you wouldn’t have a warm greeting.
Strozyk explains the idea behind her work, writing:
Wooden Textiles convey a new tactile experience. We are used to experience wood as a hard material; we know the feeling of walking across wooden floors, to touch a wooden tabletop or to feel the bark of a tree. But we usually don’t experience a wooden surface which can be manipulated by touch.
Wooden Textiles is a material that is half wood-half textile, between hard and soft, challenging what can be expected from a material or category. It looks and smells familiar but feels strange, as it is able to move and form in unexpected ways.
The processes to transform wood into a flexible wooden surface is its deconstruction into pieces, which are then attached to a textile base. Depending on the geometry and size of the tiles each design shows a different behavior regarding flexibility and mobility. There are various possible applications, for example as floorings, curtains, drapes, plaids, upholstery or parts of furniture.