On Surface and Place is a rich and poetic exploration of surfaces which foregrounds their significance in our understanding and experience of place. Adopting weaving as its overarching metaphor, it departs from Gottfried Semper’s discussion of correspondences between architecture and textiles, and emerges from the reading of photographs, a swatch of Harris Tweed and curtain wall façade juxtaposed. In juxtaposing the fabric of the city with the weave of Harris Tweed the book charts an original course across a range of connected ideas and questions, combining many different themes, writers and disciplines. It presents integrated and innovative rethinkings on a number of fundamental relationships, including correlations between body and building, word and image, and between the rural and the metropolitan, and the hand-crafted and the mass-reproduced. In doing so, it seeks to foreground the very interrelationship of surface and place, as it makes a claim for the relational nature of the world in which we live.

chapter |18 pages

On Opening

chapter |25 pages

Appearing Weaving

chapter |19 pages

Wall Face

chapter |16 pages

Image Word

chapter |18 pages

Surface Pattern

chapter |20 pages

Place Dressing

chapter |19 pages

Ritual Repetition

chapter |18 pages

Text Memory

chapter |13 pages

On Closing