Hannah White is a textile artist and weaver who is fascinated by how textiles can be constructed to create architectural sculptural forms. Using cross-disciplinary materials and processes, her work often explores the contrasts between textile’s fluidity and metal’s rigidity; creating intriguing textural surfaces. She is driven to keep making through her passion for exploring new ways to create form using constructed textiles techniques.
During her Doctorate at the Royal College of Art, Hannah undertook an apprenticeship at a metal workshop to learn the technique of electroforming. She combined this new knowledge with 20 years’ experience as a craft-weaver, to create a hybrid material called Metal Integral Skeleton Textiles (MIST). Pliable conductive threads are woven within cloth and the subsequent electroforming process means that the metal only forms onto these specific threads within the weave. This enables areas of the textiles to become rigid and self-supporting. The hard metal provides structure, whereas the fluid textile allows areas to compress and fold, creating possibilities for sculptural forms.
Hannah is based in Surrey and joined Design-Nation in 2020.