Patterns with Ripstop Nylon

Made by David Perry

The goal of this exploration was to create 2 dimensional form by layering laser cut ripstop nylon. My final print learned from some of the methods used in lace, where complex patterns are backed with or integrated into a light mesh.

Created: February 18th, 2018

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Intention

The goal of this exploration was to create 2 dimensional form by layering laser cut ripstop nylon. For my final pattern, I learned from some of the methods used in lace, where complex patterns are backed with or integrated into a light mesh.

The motivation for this project was the class Inflatables and Soft Sculpture in which we are currently scaling up stuffed animals to inflatables (1in to 9in). There are prints in the fabric on the stuffed animal that we want to scale up with the inflatable. We don't have any way to dye or print on the fabric so we decided to cut the forms into the material.

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Process

My documentation of this process is more focussed on the process of iteration, rather than the tools that I used. I created all patterns in Adobe Illustrator and cut the patterns on IDEATE's laser cutters. (The settings I used for cutting the Ripstop were: Speed = 100; power = 25% .


1) Simple cut through