Polytopia

Textile art. Since 2012

Polytopia Let's Glow silver orange section from side
Polytopia detail, silver orange end from side as displayed for Let's Glow in 2012

Polytopia is a sewn textile exploration of form inspired by geometry, evolution, and utopian states.

The fabrics are mostly deadstock, mill end rolls, and the excess of various industries manufacturing luggage, cars, airplanes, household goods and interiors. Many of the textiles are various upholstery types, like lederette vinyl, and nylon like the kind made into knapsacks. The silver and gold are foiled nylon wallpaper.

The patterns were originally hand drafted; currently they are digitally manipulated and printed. All the pyramids were hand cut and machine sewn, and then to each other they are affixed, in the current iteration, with some 8000 staples.

There is a lot of guessing as to the nature of the textiles procured in this way and a lot of experimenting as to how they might handle being cut, sewn, and ironed, since some were never even meant to be held together by thread. Usually the same materials are never available again, and so the design evolves by using similar fabrics, for example white for silver, or one dark purple for another dark purple of a different texture.

Working with such constraints induces an evolution of the piece beyond the influence of pure aesthetic preferences.

Polytopia below Reef
Polytopia, as installed for The Reef, Gladstone Hotel, 2011

Polytopia Making Process and Work-in-Progress

Polytopia is made from fabrics that are mostly deadstock, mill end rolls, and the excess of various industries manufacturing luggage, cars, airplanes, household goods and interiors. Many of the textiles are various upholstery types, like leatherette vinyl, and nylon like the kind made into knapsacks or roller blinds. The silver and gold are foiled nylon wallpaper.

The patterns were originally hand drafted; currently they are digitally manipulated and printed.

All the pyramids were hand cut and machine sewn, and then to each other they are affixed with several thousands staples.

There is a lot of guessing as to the nature of the textiles and how they might handle being cut, sewn and ironed, since some were never even meant to be held together by thread. Usually the same materials are never available again, and so the design evolves by using similar fabrics, for example white for silver, or one dark purple for another dark purple of a different texture.

Impostor series Polytopia module
Materials, cut pieces, partly assembled, and a fully assembled multi-part cone.

Working with such constraints induces an evolution of the piece beyond the influence of pure aesthetic preferences.

The photos below show some of the arrangements of sewn textile pyramids laid out on the studio floor to test composition before being sewn up into larger components. Final arrangement and assembly is done on site at the time of installation.

Polytopia self assembly gif
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Polytopia textile art layouts
Arranging Polytopia pieces for The Reef installation, 2011.
Textile sculpture casting shadows on a wood floor
Polytopia casts shadows on the studio floor during tests for an installation.

Polytopia in Exhibition

Polytopia was first displayed mounted to a wall in the Reef in 2011, then enlarged and undulating on the floor in Let's Glow, and then the 3D quilt provided the mountain range in Braveland.

Bravery Sculptures
Braveland installation by Magda Wojtyra and Marc Ngui. Cardboard, acrylic gouache, textile, wire, gold spray paint, fishing line, 120" x 72" 38"
Art show at Kitchener-Waterloo art gallery showing paintings and textile art
Installation view of the Let's Glow solo exhibition at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in 2012
The Reef textile art istallation with Happy Sleepies and Geoms at UpArt Contemporary Art Fair, Gladstone Hotel, 2011.
The Reef textile art istallation with Happy Sleepies and Geoms at UpArt Contemporary Art Fair, Gladstone Hotel, 2011.
Polytopia Gold Staple textile installation
Gold Staple, Installation for Threads, 401 Richmond, 2015

Polytopia Gallery

A selection of photos from installations since 2012.

Polytopia detail, Post-industry upholstery vinyl, rip-stop nylon, foiled wallpaper, thread, staples. 2012

Buy Original Polytopia Textile Art

Polytopia colorful, geometric wall hanging 4' x 6' textile art by Magda Wojtyra
Polytopia wall hanging 4 x 6 feet (1.2 x 1.8 meters)
Geometric, colorful, modern textile art by Magda Wojtyra that looks like a 3D quilt
Polytopia wall hanging 12.5 feet wide by 6 feet tall (3.8 x 1.8 meters)

4 thoughts on “Polytopia”

  1. This is fascinating. How did you produce this? The sewing appears to be machine-stitched rather than hand-stitched. And the use of different facrics, particularly recycled ones, is really creative.

  2. Yes, the sewing is done by machine. The pyramids use all straight line patterns for piecing the multiple colours for each pyramid and to construct the pyramid. The pyramids are then flipped to the right side and ironed, and then they are stapled together to form the quilt, with a regular stapler.

    In the future, I would love to find a sewing machine, perhaps for shoes or suitcases, that would allow me to do the final joining with thread rather than staples.

  3. Spectacular looking art installation. I’ve just discovered your art and really want to see it in situ next time around (have subscribed to the newsletter). Can sections or dimensions e.g. 4×6’ be purchased from you?

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