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WEIGHT and TRANSLUCENCY of fabrics for curtains

Post 104  by Gautam Shah ➔
WEIGHT and TRANSLUCENCY of fabrics for curtains .

Weight and Translucency of a fabric are two key factors for its suitability as an opening’s treatment material. Though both are co-related in that a heavy fabric is more opaque, and a translucent fabric is likely to be lighter, yet many contradictions exist. For the favour of one aspect the other can be manipulated. The final determinants for suitability of a fabric material for covering an opening depend on Treatments over a fabric, mode of hanging and pleating, presence or absence of a liner layer and the secondary treatments over the opening itself.

Fabrics are light because the fibres are thin or can be spun very finely, are filaments or long staple in nature and woven with a single weave or similar techniques. Fabrics or fibres dyed to lighter shades seem less heavy. The illumination conditions of the interior space, and the viewing position in the interior or exterior location, substantially affect th…


ANCHORING TO A PLACE IN SPACE Post 103  by Gautam Shah ➔

One needs to find a place in a space. The place is not a pre-existing entity, but one that evolves with the relationships one establishes with the elements of the environment. The relationships are very often fleeting, and so the place in the space is evanescent. Finding a place in space for inhabitation is a far more complex process than this temporary positioning.

The process of finding a place in space occurs for known spaces as well as alien environments. In a familiar space and occupied by known persons, it is the purpose of being in the place that will regulate where and with whom one wants to be, or even not to be. For strange places, the intent to visit the place may pre-exist, or gets arranged as the space begins to actualize. The place in space develops as the space evolves. 

The place in space is mainly for absorbing and exploiting the features of the space, and secondarily for recognising and connecting with other occ…


ENTRANCE Post 102by Gautam Shah ➔


An Entrance is associated with the presence of a door or gate, and it is a point of arrival or departure. The entrance, however as a place has much wider significance, of the associated intermediate entities, like the verandah, porch, courtyard, vestibule, lobby, hall, foyer, archway, arch, porte-cochere (a carriage entrance passing through a building to an enclosed courtyard), vomitory (an entrance to an amphitheater or stadium), etc. 

An entrance is a recognition that there is an enclosure (place), and one needs the privilege (of entering), and the opportunity (structured facility) to do so. The enclosure is a finite spatial entity, the privilege derives from the purpose and familiarity, whereas the opportunities facilitate the process of transition. With entrance one begins to socialize with the residents of the abode.
The entrance is a point of connection, introduction, incursion, intrusion, penetration or admission, but always overflowing with…


Post 101  by Gautam Shah ➔

Engraving is the practice of incising a design or pattern onto a hard, usually flat surface, traditionally of copper, by cutting grooves into it. Other materials for engraving include Gold, Silver, Ceramics, Nickel, Steel, Brass, Titanium, Wood Gems, Precious stones, Glass and Acrylics. Traditional engraving, by burin, graver (sharp pointed hardened steel hand tools) or with the use of mechanical or pneumatic and laser machines by goldsmiths, glass engravers, gunsmiths, and others. It is used for producing images on paper, in artistic printmaking, in map-making, and utensils texturing. Modern professional engravers can engrave up to 40 lines per mm.

While engraving when pressure is applied with a hammer, the process is called carving. The tools have not only use hardened carbide tips but also diamond bits. The feed (the depth the tool is allowed to incise), the speed (slow, fast) the movement (vibratory, non-circular etc.), are all often predefined a…