On 30-07-2019 I made a sketch of my favourite spot inside the forest of Sonsbeek park. The sketch demonstrates the idea of the water wire installation hanging between 2 beech trees. The exact amount of garments attached to the water wire installation is still unknown. The aim would be around 20 up to -> 30 garments maximum. It would be interesting if Studio Adaptive Skins could join the statue-exhibition Sonsbeek park 2020. The exhibition lasts 100 days starting from June 2020. Those months are good for the installation to receive: heat, humidity and rain.
The first experiment of Marinero was done on the rooftop of my studio in Arnhem. The national late 1930’s monument was a former nature and chemistry laboratory of the electricity organisation Kema. The building was designed by architects: G. Hamerpagt, H. Fels and prof.ir. R.L.A Schoenenmaker. The Arnhems buiten area seems like a good second option to do the water wire experiment. It's near my studio office and the area has a strong forest feel. On 29-07-2019 I did a photo testing shoot to see if I could find potentials spots to do the experiment. The spots that I found were interesting but not as strong as Sonsbeek park. Arnhems Buiten will be the second. The focus first will be to follow up and research if I can get a permit to do the water wire experiment inside the forest of Sonsbeek park.
On 26-07-2019 I had a follow up meeting with the forester at sonsbeek park Arnhem. We drove around in his car and he took me to a place where he felt that it could be a good fit for my installation. He brought me to the heart of the forest. It was surprising to me because this is my favorite area inside sonsbeek park. I have experienced many special moments throughout my life at the heart of the forest. It was interesting for me to hear why the forester brought me to that specific area. I found out that this part of the forest is actually dying. The trees can reach the maximum age of 300 years. The current age of the beech trees are about 250 years old. The dying process of the trees happens underneath the soil. There is a fungus underneath the soil that allows the trees to die. New trees will rise and start a new era of regrowth. This is very inspiring to me because it makes an interesting connection with the deformation process of my installation. I started to do the photography test at the heart of the forest. During that process I found a spot where the water wire installation could hang between 2 beech trees. Maybe 3 wires above each other depending the quantity of the garments. The backdrop is contrasting enough to do the documentation. I believe that this spot has great potential.
After doing the ACT project with the research university Wageningen we came to the conclusion that the first stage of project Marinero will have the best process within the forest context. The deformation process under the water needs to be more developed in another future stage of the project. For the first stage I will work with the mono-filament ( plastic yarn ) chain from the TextileLab jacquard machine. The added yarns will be sea-based in combination with shrinking yarns. The first stage will be about the contrast between sea-based and plastic recycled from the sea. For the second stage I want to research how we can follow up towards a sustainable and fully sea-based developed prototype. The idea is to let go the plastic and think about what can be the new plastic? Maybe fishbones can be an interesting option. I believe that the Re-FREAM platform and their network with scientists can support me on that journey.
Inside the forest I can control more the effect of microplastics dripping from the materials towards the soil. I could cover the soil with a special protection material. Or I could for example find a forest area where the water dripping falls on a concrete floor. The water wire installation will not harm birds or insects. During experiment 1 & 2 I saw that the material does not attract birds. Maybe on a wire the birds will find it more interesting. But the material itself is not harmful to the forest animals.
On 24-07-2019 I had a meeting with the creative industry advisor and the forester from the Gemeente Arnhem. Together with them I am looking for a new location within the forest area of Arnhem. I have a specific idea about how I want the area to look like. But it was also interesting to hear the point of view from gemeente Arnhem. They think that it could be an addition that the water wire installation will be placed during a special event - for example: beeldententoonstelling ( statue exhibition ) sonsbeek park. I will keep an open mind to alternative external ideas. My main focus is that the collection will be woven during a specific time that I don't know exactly yet. So the time and exact exhibition place will be adaptable until the last moment. My main criteria is that I need a small space or cabin inside the forest where I can sit dry and document the material process. The video and photo documentation is very important to capture during the water wire experiment.
I went to look at the first option: ''Museum Arnhem''. At first it sounded good on paper as a story. But during the photography test I realized that there was to much sky in the background of the image. It does not work from a photographic point of view. It is a beautiful location but not fit for my experiment. I believe that a forest location somewhere else in Arnhem would be a better option. The darkness of the trees in combination with the white materials will have enough contrast to capture on image. Other requirements would be that the location needs to be open enough to receive a lot of sun and rain.
Until so far my gut feeling is going more towards my studio office area ''Arnhems Buiten'' ( experiment 1 & 2 forest area )
The journey continues!
Early 2020 I have the idea to hang collection Marinero on a wire near the Rijn Arnhem. Together with Gemeente Arnhem we are discussing about the possibilities to place the clothing wire underneath the water. I will need to get permission from Rijkswaterstaat to do this experiment. On 20-03-2019 I looked at the fields next to the Rijn that Gemeente Arnhem has pointed out to me as a possible location. During this time of year the water level of the Rijn (Rhine river) rises. The photo documentation underneath shows the effect of the water rise. After experiment 1 and 2 I will work on using sea based materials in combination with recycled plastic and shrinking yarns. I need the environment to let the designed woven blueprints take shape. Each prototype will be photographed before and after the water wire experiment. The entire Rijn experiment proces will be filmed and presented as a timelapse. You will see the whole collection hanging on a wire. The water of the Rijn will rise and the collection will stay underwater until the water level drops again. The material starts working underneath the water causing the shapes to deform organically. All garments have the same base blueprints but have a variety in materials and bindings. The reason why I am doing this is that I want nature to have a role in the shaping process of a design. The blueprints are inspired by elemental shapes. These patterns are also found in growing plants. This concept is translated into the blueprint design of Marinero. I will develop the technical drawings for the weaving patterns. They will be divided in several weaving techniques. I will base the design decisions on what I think that will have an effect later during the transformation process. What exactly will happen is not precisely known yet. But experiments 1 and 2 show an indication about what could happen. These two designs have the same blueprint but have such a diverse variety in how it responds to the environment and the human body. I expect the same variety to happen with the water wire. This page will be updated regularly until the water line experiment is completed.