The process, material and practitioner we responded to as part of our first brief were flocking, paper and the Campana Brothers.
Flocking is the process of depositing many small fiber particles (called flock) onto a surface. It is often used as a decorative textural feature on wall paper and clothing, however entire objects can be coated in "flock" to achieve an all over velvety texture. We discovered that the practice of flocking was thousands of years old, it can be traced back to circa 1000 BC, when the Chinese used resin glue to bond natural fibers to fabrics.
We immediately associated flocking with the idea of a richly decorated luxurious interior- as a sense of being invited to touch a surface, to run your hand across a flocked wallpaper. The idea of small fibers making up a larger item linked to our exploration of paper- where with paper the fibers led to a feeling of curiosity yet disgust, the fibers in the sense of flocking provoked a sense of luxury and the temptation to touch.
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