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Fay McCaul

Fay McCaul Textile creator
©Fay McCaul

A sense of scale

  • • Fay creates innovative new techniques
  • • She combines tradition with experimentation
  • • Her creative processes often result in unexpected outcomes

Fay McCaul creates luminous knitted panels inspired by architectural forms. Her pieces incorporate a mix of reflective materials inside knitted pockets. She builds up rows of pockets and places tiles of various materials inside: plastic, mirrored, painted plywood, and etched metal. These inclusions give Fay’s textiles a quality of light and movement not found in traditional fabrics. She has also invented an entirely new textile surface that encapsulates reflective materials via a heat bonding process. Fay’s work has been exhibited widely from London to Shanghai and been featured in Elle Decoration, Design Boom and Architectural Digest.

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Works

  • ©Matthew Booth
  • ©Matthew Booth
  • ©Fay McCaul
Photo: ©Matthew Booth
Copper Screen

This free-standing room divider screen is made from dark blue fabric that encapsulates hundreds of etched copper pieces arranged in an arabesque inspired pattern. The fabric is stretched over an oak frame.

Height 180 cm
Width 120 cm

Photo: ©Matthew Booth
Aura Tapestry

An undulating, free hanging tapestry made of thousands of knitted pockets that each hold small plastic mirror tiles in a range of gold and bronze tones.

Height 250 cm
Width 150 cm

Photo: ©Fay McCaul
Copper Screen

This piece was made in collaboration with designer Kia Utzon-Frank. It is an interactive, free-standing curved screen that changes colour when viewed from different angles. The screen comprises knitted fabric slats that house thousands of small dichroic rods. These slats are held in a cordless shutter system that enable them to be individually twisted from open to closed allowing the user to create bespoke patterns of shadow and light.

Height 250 cm
Width 50 cm

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