Designers
Crossform light, 2004

Suzanne Tick, Inc.

Location: New York, New York
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Suzanne Tick combines her love for texture with a curiosity for new technology to create textile products that are elegant, natural in appearance, and functional. Integrating the natural with the manmade is at the foundation of her work. The Open Plane carpet is just one example: wanting to represent the irregularities of natural fiber like sisal as well as the variegations that occur in the hand-dyeing of wool, Tick and her partner in Tuva Looms, Terry Mowers, have created a carpet which, through a combination of conventional weaving equipment and the careful manipulation of dyeing, is reproducible in manufacture but not in appearance.

Until 2005, Tick was creative director for Knoll Textiles, where she created an exceptional range of textiles, from the contract-furnishing market to the home; she continues to design for the company. Her Imago, introduced in 2000, embedded fabric for the first time into a high-performance resin, and this spirit of ingenuity continues with her line of flat-tape wallcoverings, Adaptation and Aperture. Tick’s manufacturing technique is different from the conventional process for making flat tape for the outdoor furniture market. Tick creates a flat-tape extrusion by dragging two threads of polyester fiber through a heated channel of melted PVC, in which the fiber acts as a support for the melted plastic. The tape is cooled down in a water channel and then put on cones ready for weaving. Special equipment is required to hold the tape in place as it is drawn across the loom. The result is both a functional and visually dynamic wallcovering in the spirit of legendary Bauhaus textile designer Anni Albers, who was known for innovative textiles that fulfilled both aesthetic and practical requirements for everyday use.

Tick is constantly looking for new and challenging materials to work with, and her latest challenge is fiberoptics. She has been experimenting with handweaving monofilament and fiberoptics to create soft, sculptural lamps. Woven as a double cloth to make the threedimensional cruciform shape, this material is especially difficult to weave because of its tendency to get tangled.

Tick counts as her influences both textile designers such as Boris Kroll and Junichi Arai and architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Santiago Calatrava. Like them, Tick displays a versatility and passion for experimentation which enable her to constantly question and push the boundaries of her medium.