Material and Medium: stainless steel
Dimensions: Overall (Large a:): 275 x 390 x 360mm (10 13/16 x 15 3/8 x 14 3/16in.)
Overall (Medium b:): 250 x 280 x 270mm (9 13/16 x 11 x 10 5/8in.)
Overall (Small c:): 190 x 220 x 220mm (7 1/2 x 8 11/16 x 8 11/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2013.181a-c
Kyoko Kumai originally worked as a weaver, gradually developing her own interlacing and knotting techniques. Her works are the opposite of what we expect from steel, giving the impression of floating movement and a sense of weightlessness. They have been woven from waste stainless steel filaments to produce delicate, organic forms.
Museums Sheffield won the opportunity to acquire these pieces thanks to ‘Art Fund Collect’, an initiative in collaboration with the Crafts Council, aimed at championing contemporary craft and increasing its presence in UK collections. These pieces were chosen by staff to mark the 2013 centenary of the development of stainless steel in Sheffield.