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Gary Allson

Woven Wood

Woven Wood is a collaboration between product designer Gary Allson and textile designer Ismini Samanidou. The project explores how digital making methods can be used to translate magnified textile weave structures into timber.

The duo have analysed the chosen weave structure and, via a number software packages, have converted it into a cut pattern for the digital router. By combining 3D and textile design, they have managed to subvert familiar and recognisable textile structure and pattern to enable new surface textures to emerge.


Cornwall based Gary Allson trained at Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2001. Whilst at the Royal College of Art Allson specialised in Design Products. For a number of years Allson worked in industry with companies such as Raffo Design Associates and Habitat. His research interests and practice involves the use of digital production and crossdisciplinary collaborations.

Allson combines his practice with teaching at University College Falmouth, exhibitions and commissions. His primary material is timber and through the use of hand processes he develops explorative surfaces and forms that are both functional and ornamental.


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