Knitting It All Together
Interior Design Lighting Elements – Interview with Amber from Thread Architecture
Thread Architecture crafts tactile pieces which engage the senses. Art you can touch, feel, admire and use.
Where did it all begin, Amber?
I have always enjoyed making objects, furniture and are as a creative outlet from architecture. My family taught me the techniques but also the attitude to experiment with my creativity to see what can evolve. School holidays were filled with various sewing projects at home and visits to my Aunty’s house to make pottery and Grandma’s house to knit clothes for my dolls. My Dad is mechanically minded and I was intrigued with his constant fixing and tinkering which embedded my sense of how things are assembled and made – hence a career in architecture.
How did the traditional art of knitting and macramé translate into your interior art-works you create today?
Each piece created is an unexpected cross-pollination of a variety of techniques – each evolving in an intuitive way as I experiment with form, patterns, textures, colour and light. Often what is envisaged morphs into an entirely different piece due to the techniques and limits of the materials.
The name of your company THREAD ARCHITECTURE has a responsible, stable and respectful pull to it. Explain how the name came about and the heart behind it.
It represents what is physically undertaken but also a reference to my personal aesthetic and professional background. Similarly, ‘How long is a piece of string?’ was considered as it is a phrase that is bandied around architectural/builder’s offices!
What was your very first piece that started the collection and explain the background inspiration behind it?
A very pragmatic inspiration of sorts. I made a large macramé lampshade out of rope for my own home – I wanted a particular size, shape and colour. The reel of remaining rope sat idle whilst I knitted away with traditional wool. Eventually, I picked up the rope to knit a lampshade cover to test the light and shadows it would cast. Whilst manipulating this I fashoned a bowl-like piece.