Disrupting traditional craft with digital 3D weaving.
FreeWeaver is a textile platform for manual assembly of three-dimensional structures. By interlacing multiple 2D woven surfaces at a variety of angles, it allows the user to create forms unobtainable on a traditional hand or frame loom. The presence of adjustable parts enables fabrication of virtually infinite combinations of shapes, soft materials and patterns.
3D weaving has been disrupting the industry due to its superior properties, such as multidirectional strength and elimination of artificial bonding in post-production. However, these advanced systems are generally unavailable to individuals outside the fields of textile engineering.
In response, the FreeWeaver tool has been developed for a new generation of creative practitioners by equipping them with an innovative 3D hand making technique. By rejecting wasteful cut-and-sew manufacturing and supporting preservation of hand skills, it offers a more sustainable alternative to traditional processes. Commercial or personalised production of technical, aesthetic and symbolic textiles made accessible to anyone.
School of Design
Sylwia Orynek is a contemporary weaver whose work positions itself in the grey area between the disciplines of craft and design engineering. With additional interest in research-driven creative practice, she approaches her investigations in a cross-disciplinary manner.
Sylwia has an extensive knowledge of experimental textile making and a growing enthusiasm for computer-aided design and parametric tools. She combines those in pursuit of a hybrid practice, where analogue and digital methodologies meet in order to disrupt and advance traditional weaving processes.