I developed a group of designs that I felt could handle the abstraction of being pleated. This was continuing on from the earlier Ikat designs that I produced. I have yet to photograph the final samples, but below are the designs before this process.
I had to think on my feet when the 3 metre length I had sent off to the pleating machine came back pleated horizontally, creating 'dwarf' parachuters, rather than the more elegant vertical pleats! I came up with the solution of gathering the fabric to create a similar level of abstraction. Although not quite as impressive, I was pleased with how this compromise turned out.