does nature weave?


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Roots interlace, spiders stick their threads. According to the mathematical sculptor Rinus Roelofs only humans create intentional structured mazes like a weaving pattern. R.Roelofs likes to transform 2D structures into 3D cupola’s or balls without using nails or glue, using leverage to balance a stabil construction. The proof of Roelofs’ pudding is not the combination of grids alone, he states that if you design a form you also have to think about it’s construction. It made me think of the much hyped paradigm-shift from ‘art-design’ to ‘the incorporation of processes and scenarios’ by artist and designers like R.Ramakers (Droog Lab). Brought alive by  sustainable future dialogues or not, the true essence of these trends is pattern integrity. The whole is dynamic – it comes into being in concrete manifestations. The whole is not made up of parts, but parts exists as embodiments of the whole – neither exists without the other. Beautifully illustrated by Roelof’s Exploding Globe. The wholeness depends on characteristic organizing fields of the system. In cupola like structures pressure and weight are used to embrace a sheltered space. The ruggedness of the system is created by a solid and well implemented organizing structure which makes complex structures and results possible. An increasing focus on production and it’s implications is merging in all kind of industries (slow-food, slow-fashion). Traditional techniques seem to be in favor. Although the interest in local cultures might also be a countertrend of globalization it also helps us rediscover the quality of handikraft (f.i. natural pigment versus industrial pigment (Hella Jongerius). But it all comes down to a skillful mix of the natural and human grid. I remember the madame who makes the Chanel-braids, she showed her hands and the price paid for creating the braids. Also a nice example of how you can think about parts & whole. To help you realize the difference between human and nature: ARTENATURA (“Art in Nature”) makes you experience manmade objects in a natural environment. Most beautifully at Arte Sella in Italy. Walking in the woods of the Sella Valley (Borgo Valsugana municipality, in the Province of Trento) you can discover and admire the way the sculptures were made. And the curiosity to the ‘how’ will awaken an urge to ‘do’ it yourself. Start by creating cupola’s with chopsticks and advance to the dome structures a la Leonardo da Vinci which should be easy since Rinus Roelofs has explained the organizing principle behind it.

steven siegel two of 'em
paper bridge
steven siegel

A more societal view on pattern integrity: Peter Senges (presencing) view self-organising-systems that relies on parts developing a social identity according to their immediate context and what is needed for the health of the larger organism.

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