Paul Klee said drawing is taking a line for a walk. In that sense, can weaving be taking a thread for a walk?
The Residency at FALKE
When asked about his residency at FALKE, Pierre explained that he became intrigued with the manufacturing machines and considered the overarching benefit of his residency to be a new interest in, and an openness to, explore mechanised craft production techniques conceptually and materially.
Indeed, he designed a pattern to be made using FALKE machinery. Shown: Karl knitting pattern
This and the previous pattern are in the knitting machine’s code, and the patterns read as beautiful abstractions in their own right, but each, in fact, are based on photographs.
This is based on a picture of a man holding his small son on his lap teaching him how to knit. The previous pattern is based on a photo of the small boy, now a grown man, concentrating on remembering how to knit.
Conceptually, the patterns are like bridges between the digital and the personal.
Shown: Baby Karl knitting pattern for FALKE machinery
Pierre Fouche, in conversation
Pierre Fouche, in conversation with Liza Grobler (pictured), another Social Fabric artist, about his experience as artist-in-residence at FALKE
Find out more about this iteration via the Journeys outcome book. Click the image to view, or download a copy from our website Social Fabric SA.
Social Fabric is a not-for-profit project. We thank the DOEN Foundation and the University of Stellenbosch, Fine Art, this iteration's tertiary partner.
Contact us at: SocialFabricSA@gmail.com
Credits and Links:
Pierre Fouche artworks
Brett posing for an imaginary portrait of Raymond Buys
2015, bobbin lace, macrame in polyester braid, 200 x 140 cm
Judgement of Paris (after Wtewael)
2013, bobbin lace, macrame in polyester braid, 200 x 80 cm
The last time you let me do this to you
2016, acrylic rope, binding wire bondage, harness, 78 x 44 x 30cm
Portrait of Hanlie sons (private commission)
2016, crochet, lace made from industrial sock thread
in collaboration with Ashraf Jamal & Werner Ungerer
2016, pen and ink on Munken Pure, cotton- and industrial sports socks thread on cotton, 74 x 47 cm
All photo credits: Pierre Fouche
Find out more about Pierre Fouche
Films of Pierre Fouche
videographer: Yasmin Hankel
to see the full films of Pierre in conversation with Liza Grobler about their respective experiences at their residencies
and the ideas that came out of the residencies
Find out more about the Social Fabric "journeys" iteration
including more concept sheets and prototypes, visit our website