'Capable of being hammered out thin, as certain metals; malleable. Capable of being drawn out into wire or threads. Able to undergo change of form without breaking. Capable of being molded or shaped; plastic’
The third alt. material exhibition – ‘Ductility’ invited leading & emerging creatives to explore how design can shape life through exploration of materiality & fabrication.
Graphic Design for Ductility by Studio TunTun
Based on the simple lines traced by children when asked to draw a house, the Corner Collection is a series of seats reminiscent of gable roofed house. The Corner Stool is the first of many iterations of the form and has been fabricated in brushed aluminium.
Perigee: the point at which two orbiting objects are at their closest. Oliver Tanner and Adam Markowitz are artist craftsmen whose work primarily in Metal and Wood respectively. Each has been pushed to develop innovative processes both future-driven but built on the basis of centuries of craft training, to create a luminaire where each element is impossibly thin and doubly curved to cradle each other and diffuse the light from within.
The form is a frozen moment of pulling cane (glass rod) and shows exactly how most materials deform under tensile loads the invisible forces are visible as the mind makes sense of a form in transition. The object is a phone holder and it suggests a new ritual of use, by holding 2 phones that face each other, giving a couple the opportunity to put their phones away together. The light from each phone is reflected and transmitted through the glass form, a short optical fibre. The phones complete the artwork and help create a ritual at the beginning and end of the day.
Taking one of society’s most overlooked examples of aluminium engineering, the can, NAC Reverses the manufacturing process to replicate the materials original flat state. Utilising material sourced through intercepting late-night venue waste streams, the cans are forced into a vertical display of layers and reflection.
A visualisation of ductility at chemical level — modules (as molecules) which can transform and relocate in relation to their neighbours to create a variety of forms. Victorian ash is CNC routed to form each element, with billet aluminium locking rings at each junction to hold the desired arrangement.
A homage to the humble steel rebar. An essential element used as a tension device in reinforced concrete and reinforced masonry structures to strengthen and aid the concrete under tension. Fabricated from melting steel (carbon or alloy) into liquid form, which requires an extreme amount of heat to achieve. Once melted, the liquid steel is pulled through small round openings to give the rebar its shape. Made from rebar & cast white cement.
Over Time’ utilises lengths of leather to suspend two mirrors from one wall mounted location. Each mirror is mounted to a steel plate, allowing them to be lifted and used while also increasing the weight on the leather. The leather in this piece will be stretched and drawn out over a prolonged period of time exploring the ductility of the material throughout the pieces lifespan.
Made from threaded rods and two boards of formply, this bench is an assembly of common construction materials. Tension is applied to the bottom shelf, which adds rigidity to the structure and creates a natural bow in the seat and a surprisingly comfortable surface to sit on.
Mild steel spun over a custom timber mould with recessed graphic illusion mirror. This piece explores material ductility and the perception of form. When viewed eye level from left to right at 45° angles, the mirror bends inwards and protrudes outwards, reflecting the curved form of the outer steel frame.
Thin Glow demonstrates the pliability of steel via a large, wall-mounted light. The raw steel sheet was hammered by hand to create a textured surface, allowing the material to curl and bend in whatever way it desired.
Through triaxial weaving, these otherwise disorderly measuring tapes take on geometric and three dimensional forms. Making use of the measuring tape itself, this weave is locked together with rivets at 50mm increments.
Like the namesake suggests, this project was an exploration into an unusual joinery method that doesn’t conform to traditional techniques. Can you compress timber so it fits where it shouldn't? Square timber sections are steamed and compressed to fit through the undersized round holes in the legs. Re-introducing steam resets the compression to its original state creating the impossible square peg through a round hole.
Cable Weave is a celebration of an often overlooked and underappreciated material that powers so many of our digital devices. Electrical cables rely on soft metal’s ductile properties to be drawn into long and flexibles wires during manufacture. For Cable Weave, the ends of the cables are stripped to reveal the colourful inner workings that are usually hidden away.
STRESSED: Explores how a ductile material show’s plastic deformation from heat, force and pressure, whilst maintaining its structural integrity. Sheet metal already has been stretched into its form, STRESSED tests how much more compression and stretching the material can undergo as it transforms into a functional object.
Foiled again’ was inspired by the TV series ‘How It’s Made’ which showed the production of aluminium foil. This included mining & transporting all the elements from around the world, then smelting them into an enormous aluminium ingot which was then rolled & rolled & rolled to produce the fine ductile foil we are so familiar with in every day life. Aluminium is infinitely recyclable. This work, pressed over handmade ceramic transforms aluminium foil into a solid useful form.
This triptych investigates the duality of objects both fluid and static. The innate ductility of glass in showcased by naive mold blown forms that are distorted post molding, paired with rigid and brittle brick. The innate contradiction of these materials imbued in these still life assemblages.
PLIÉ is a modular steel wine rack crafted through CNC wire bending and inspired by the ballet movement plié (knee bend). The design aims to demonstrate the unique characteristics of steel wire, in particular the materials ductile properties. This material characteristic provides opportunities to create objects in ways not possible through other materials.
Future Bright / Studio Ström
Made from surplus natural stone, steel and fabric, combined with led lighting powered by the sun. The shape is an abstract impression of a fungi's stem and cap. The lampshade fabric is stretched using stone rings, creating a juxtaposition of solid against fragile, hard against soft.
This piece explores the manipulation of borosilicate glass once heated. Moving away from the clinical laboratory & clean lines. Each vessel has been stretched & pulled, serpentining around one another to create this sculptural vase. Each form depicts the two contrasting states the glass has been through during the drawing process. Hot & flexible compared to cold & stable.
Pilot’ explores the Ductile properties of glass. Specifically, the process of glass manufacturing in the medium of blown and mould formed products. Forming the material into a controlled shape before exploring the extent of its movement. Resulting in an object that is informed by process and materiality.
"The @alt.material collective presents its third exhibition, DUCTILITY – an ongoing series of investigations and experiments around materiality."
"The exhibition explored material that can be drawn out into wire, capable of being hammered thin and has the ability to undergo change without breaking."
"Stressed has been pushed and pulled from a single sheet of stainless steel. Exploring how a ductile material shows plastic deformation from heat, force and pressure whilst still maintaining structural integrity as a functional coffee table."