CLOU exhibited ‘Soft Blob’ – an installation made from stretched Mulberry silkworm cocoons at The China Suzhou Design & Cultural Expo.
While on display visitors have imagined the seven and a half meter tall object as a headless duck, a vegetable like a golden or white gourd, something like a pear, or some kind of alien object. The form was abstract enough just to leave enough room for interpretation.
Silk fibres from silkworms have been used in textiles for over 5000 years and China has been at the centre of this practice for centuries. This tradition has been documented in The Archives of Suzhou Silk Samples which consists of 302,841 silk samples submitted to the UNESCO Memory of the World Library in 2016.
Following the exhibition, the Soft Blob has found a new home in Suzhou Art & Design Technology Institute’s permanent collection of their art museum with the intention of being displayed in future exhibitions. The four day long Suzhou Design & Cultural Expo had received 200.000 visitors this year.continue reading