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Anton Alvarez

The Thread Wrapping Machine, Anton Alvarez, photo Paul Plews, courtesy Gallery Libby Sellers

The Swedish-Chilean designer Anton Alvarez is synonymous with his Thread Wrapping Machine that continues to delight and surprise viewers. Alvarez recently had his first major solo show exhibition at Gallery Libby Sellers in London showcasing 20 new pieces. 

The Thread Wrapping Machine, Anton Alvarez, photo Paul Plews, courtesy Gallery Libby Sellers

Alvarez developed the Thread Wrapping Machine while he was attending the Royal College of Art. The Thread Wrapping Machine is powered by a sewing machine motor. Thread is fed continuously and mixed with a glue that sometimes contains pigment. The Thread Wrapping Machine is in and of itself a beautiful display of craftsmanship and a compelling performative process.

The Thread Wrapping Machine is an original machine and process invented by Alvarez that allows him to create constructions that are bound together and do not require hardware. The tension and overlapping layers create a strong binding amalgamation of material and forms.  

The Thread Wrapping Machine, Anton Alvarez, photo Gustav Almestål, courtesy Gallery Libby Sellers

To see more of Anton Alvarez's work and process:

www.antonalvarez.com

www.libbysellers.com

The Thread Wrapping Machine, Anton Alvarez, photo Märta Thisner

The Thread Wrapping Machine, Anton Alvarez, photo Gustav Almestål, courtesy Gallery Libby Sellers

The Thread Wrapping Machine, Anton Alvarez, photo Märta Thisner

Alvarez is able to create a range of object constructions from furniture pieces to sculptural forms that exude colorful personalities bound in quirky contortions that delight and invite investigation. 

The Thread Wrapping Machine, Anton Alvarez, photo Gustav Almestål, courtesy Gallery Libby Sellers