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Sarah Roseman has discovered a new and innovative way to shape fiberglass into a unique collection of decorative vessels. Traditionally used as a composite material when combined with casted plastic, Sarah Roseman has discovered a new and innovative way to shape fiberglass into a unique collection of decorative vessels.
The outcome is a set of amorphous shapes that combine fabric’s tactility with glass’s vibrance. Each piece is made by sculpting fiberglass into the appropriate shape and then burning it in a kiln, which fuses the textile together.
The final material reflects the movement of glass melting and has a surprising tactility that reveals textiles in a new light. This glassworking technique is a conversation between the textile and the kiln, because both aspects of the process may be tweaked to obtain varied effects
Soft Silica is a new expression for glass that lies on the boundary between textile and glasswork. The material is brought to life and appears to be frozen in time, capturing the way glass melts in a static object through with the tactility of a textile. The project currently consists of glass tapestries and sculptural vessels as well as an extensive and ever growing archive of samples. It is a continuing glass research that evolves and develops with each iteration, to find future possibilities and applications for this exciting new material.