Leonie Burkhardt

I‘m a designer, I‘m a weaver.
I combine the what-if with the how-to.
Rethinking and creation.

Time and time again, I’m astonished of what is possible in weaving. The intricate interplay between construction and material, the interlacement of colors, and the multitude of possibilities in yarn arrangement still have me captivated after years and is a constant source of inspiration. Technological developments in Jacquard weaving, as well as material innovations, have a strong influence on today‘s possibilities of textile production. These advancements enable to shift the perspective of textile as a flat surface to textile as a three-dimensional form. The idea is to push the craft of weaving into the third dimension and answer the question: How can form be created from a flat woven surface? 

Utilizing recent technologies in form of applying multi-layering weaving techniques and embedding heat-reactive shrinking material, woven forms are created that do not need to be sewn or assembled in any way. All textile-forms were constructed to transform from flat to form. This means that the forms were woven flat and then treated with heat to unfold into three-dimensionality. The outcomes are of fully-woven textile sculptures showcasing the multitude of form expressions.

Even though, the textile objects are based on a technological and methodological approach, vibrant colors and organic textures highlight the character of the textile and emphasize the quirkiness of each little piece. While reproducible, each textile object has its own uniqueness and stands out.

Designer Portrait
Woven Forms, Photo © Daniela Ferro