Habroneme: having the appearance of very fine threads


This is a sneak preview of a piece we’ve just finished for an exhibition that opens in London on Friday.

The theme of the exhibition is ‘The Art of Lost Words’, and about forty designers and illustrators have each chosen an endangered or forgotten word from a supplied list and interpreted them in their own way.

We chose the word Habroneme, which means ‘having the appearance of very fine threads’, and chose to construct the letterforms out of one thread of clear plastic fibre.


The photographed piece itself is about 2 metres tall, and is of an open, slotted perspex box throughout which the thread has been carefully strung, constructing the nine letters of the word.



Here are some detailed images.



Other people taking part are the likes of the Why Nots, Spin, and Marian Bantjes, and all the pieces will be on sale online after the exhibition has closed, from the 6th March.

All proceeds will go to The National Literacy Trust, and you’ll find more information here.


The exhibition runs from the 6th to the 9th of March at The German Gym, which is on Pancras Road, London NW1 2TB, opposite St Pancras International Station, 10am to 6pm daily. Our thanks to our collaborators on this project, master modelmaker Wesley West, and photographer and lighting king, Leon Steele.