Textile designer, Aleksandra Gaca specialises in both the design and in facilitating the production of innovative fabrics. The versatility of approach and the finished result are central: from contract markets to commercial markets.
Aleksandra Gaca (1969) studied the visual arts at high school in her hometown of Lodz in Poland. She subsequently studied in the department of Textiles and Fashion at the Haagse Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten (The Royal Institute for Fine Arts in The Hague). She has won many international prizes for her experimental work in textile design. Aleksandra Gaca now lives and works as an independent textile designer in Delft, The Netherlands.
In the area of innovation, specific emphasis is placed on the sculptural weave structures and three-dimensional effects. Continuous experimentation is made with innovative bindings and unusual threads. Professional quality is coupled with a love for the craft of weaving. The end result of intriguing weaves is at the cutting edge of art, design and architectural design.
Gaca is inspired by abstract architectural concepts such as order, rhythm and repetition important in the language of thread structuring. The lines of building constructions, such as steel frames, masonry and tile grids are the starting point. But there is also a relationship with more dynamic concepts such as dance, drama and movement, giving the purely mathematical patterns a deeper content. She uses a wide range of materials – from soft mohair to extremely strong polyester. Also rigid threads of Lurex, paper yarns and wire are regularly incorporated. It is precisely this contrast which creates the distinguishing structures and reliefs. Also the tactility and range of characteristics: matt/gloss, hard/soft, high tech versus natural. The precise yarn specifications are investigated for each and every project. More recently research has been focused on ecological and/or sustainable materials. The concept of these sculptural constructions allows the fabric to be used in a wide variety of disciplines. From fashion and design to interiors and architecture. An exceptional added-value is the acoustic quality of the often strong, three dimensional, and thus sound-absorbing material.
Aleksandra Gaca works on Contract based commissions which are a fast-growing specialization. Co-operation with both architects and interior architects have resulted in the development of exclusive textile designs. Recent examples are the fabric designs for the new Hermès stores in South-East Asia. She also runs her Own Label collections which are often the result of experiments which have produced extraordinary weaving structures. So developed the Slumber collection: scarves with a rhythmical relief structure. Followed by Architextile, a collection of 3D acoustic materials, to be used as independent wall panels or room dividers. And finally, her Commercial collections are and remain the core business of the design studio. Freelance commissions are regularly supplied to a wide range of textile companies within both the consumer and the contract market: curtain and furnishing fabrics, rugs and also room accessories such as footstools and cushions.