Millefleur is a design installation conceived specifically for the Weaving the Past and the Present exhibition in the Mebane Gallery at The University of Texas at Austin. Designed by Igor Siddiqui and developed in collaboration with the School of Architecture students, the installation explores the tradition of floral patterns in the age of digital craft. Millefleur aesthetically references the seminal work of figures such as Tord Boontje and Sheila Hicks, while conceptually focusing on the interplay between technological innovation and participatory practice. Constructed from silver Tyvek fabric and multi-color cotton thread, the curtain-like installation features over 300 uniquely shaped floral forms, generated through a digital script and hand-cut. Each form is visible as both a cutout in the textile and as an applique stitched onto the silver surface with colored thread. The array of 22 colors of thread references the individuals that fabricated the installation. The resulting floor-to-ceiling fringe – cascading across the textile’s surface - is a colorful representation of the community that participated in the making of Millefleur. The multilayered installation produces visual, textural and spatial effects that contribute to the overall atmosphere of the celebratory exhibition.

Project Leader: Claire Edelen

Project Team: Michelle Cantu, Ashly Chilayil, John Cunningham, Grace Dixon, Tess English, Jovita Ezeokafur, Juan Hernandez, Mary Hohlt, Alexandra Krippner, Grace Mathieson, Preshant Narayan, April Ng, Ariel Padilla, Mitchell Peterson, Ellen Sampson, Sarah Stanick, Alison Steele, Luke Stevenson, Yee-Sang Wong, Jennifer Wong