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Colour & Materials
Published: 3 Feb 2017

Collect Open 2017: Interactive Iridescence

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Kia Utzon-Frank & Fay McCaul, Curved Twist

The Saatchi Gallery is hosting the Collect Open exhibition from February 2-6 2017, which features Curved Twist – an iridescent, interactive centrepiece.

Textile artist Fay McCaul has incorporated acrylic rods coated with dichroic film into knitted cotton slats, which twist within a sliding contraption conceived by designer Kia Utzon-Frank. The huge curved piece measures 3m long by 2.5m tall, and is designed to draw the viewer around and into it as they interact with the sculpture.

The bespoke work looks set to inspire further exploration into potential applications, which could include room dividers, adaptable screens for facades and window blinds for domestic or commercial environments. Further examples of impactful spatial interventions that play on materiality and colour can be seen in our recent report Exploring Light, Opacity & Projection.

The mechanism and framework of the sculpture is made of waste yoghurt pots that have been heat-pressed into sheets by British manufacturer Smile Plastics; the material is flecked with shreds of silver from the packaging's foil lids.

Utzon-Frank trained as a goldsmith at London's Royal College of Art (RCA) and has translated this precise method of working to other disciplines, including cake-making. These exquisitely detailed edibles are featured in our A/W 18/19 Colour theme Enduring Luxe. McCaul is a fellow RCA graduate who also transcends different mediums and processes to create innovative materials, structures and spatial interventions.

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