Fibre to Fabric

‘Fibre to Fabric’ explores the restitching of White Bay's landscape fabric in Balmain, Sydney, as an entanglement of scales and fundamental assets of the site. The conceptual framework of ‘Fibre to Fabric’ structures the thinking of landscape as a piece of fabric and how it breaks down into a thread, a strand, a yarn and at the extra small scale - a singular fibre. All these components are necessary to the overall structural integrity of the fabric. Every little stitch we sew, creates a stronger landscape fabric. This analogy can be applied to fundamental assets of the site such as the water cycle, starting at the XL scale of the atmosphere, to a cloud that rains and puddles made up of single droplets of water. Similarly, the earth’s crust; the landform of the sandstone yiningmah (First Nations term for steep cliff) has layers of sediment of various densities, which enables perched water to seep through porous patches of the sandstone, sustaining XS micro-ecologies - making the sandstone a filter and life support of the landscape at White Bay. This project is the thread between sandstone that stitches the two landscape systems together, creating new fabric at White Bay. ‘Fibre to Fabric’ questions how novel terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems can be restitched into White Bay to form a new landscape fabric. The project is revealed in three phases, Phase One is to Stitch humans into the site. Phase Two is to Unstitch the site by excavating the concrete apron and reusing site materials to provide habitat for non-humans both on land and in water. Phase Three is to Restitch and speculates the possibilities of the site under future sea-level rise scenarios and its potential to sustain different ecosystems throughout time.

Isabel Peng

Bachelor of Landscape Arch. (Hons)
Event Coordinator
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We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognise their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.