In collaboration with Textile and Fashion Federation of Singapore, TAFF (the cocoon space @ Design Orchard), Assistant Prof Kenneth Tracy and his team have used TENCEL™ branded fibers by Lenzing and were colored using Matex’s award winning Megafix® dyes, Megafix® ECO, and MegaPro® ECO Sustainable Colors to showcase the combination of new textile design technologies.

If you are in the area you can take a look at the work, alternatively let’s watch the video and photos below to see how the installation has been done. Cheers!

Team members: Kenneth Tracy, Quek Yu Han, Chia Pei Zhi, Ng Yun Shu, Lee Song Lin, Christyasto Priyonggo Pambudi, Christine Yogiaman

Description: Knit Color Relief exhibits a combination of new textile design technologies through a series of colorful reliefs. Continuing the motif of circular openings in the Design Orchard façade apparent within The Cocoon Space, the dispersed series of hangings project a colorful view of the sea. Using imagery of light reflecting off the surface of the ocean, Knit Color Relief celebrates the ever-changing colors and textures of nature. The full-color surfaces are knitted from discrete cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and white yarns using an algorithm developed under the Functional Textiles project by researchers in the Dynamic Assemblies Lab. This process allows the controlled placement of colors on a stitch-by-stitch basis, creating the illusion of a continuous, wide range of colors. When seen from a distance, viewers perceive these individual stitches as a cohesive image but up close, the knit structure and individually dyed yarns can be discerned. Using CNC knitting technology, each polychromatic circle is knitted as a single piece with a seamlessly integrated channel that helps us to mount the knitted fabric onto a bespoke, laser-cut frame.

Inspired by our collaborators’ commitment to environmental sustainability, the ripples and shifting hues of the knitted fabric pay homage to water – the most important resource on our planet. Knit Color Relief uses TENCEL™ branded fibers, a cellulosic fiber harvested from sustainable wood sources and manufactured using an environmentally responsible closed loop production process. Yarns that are made from TENCEL™ branded fibers are colored using Matex’s award winning Megafix® dyes, Megafix® ECO, and MegaPro® ECO Sustainable Colors. Their innovative and environmentally friendly textile dyeing process eliminates the need for salt and requires less water, energy, and effluent treatment than conventional reactive dyestuff.