This object is currently on display in room 206 as part of Making Design. See our image rights statement.


See more objects with the tag art, organic, wall hanging, museum exhibition, monochrome, shadows, ruffles.

See more objects with the color silver rosybrown or see all the colors for this object.

Object Timeline



  • Work on this object began.


  • We acquired this object.

  • We exhibited this object.




  • You found it!

Hanging, Structures and Surfaces, 2008

This is a Hanging. It was designed by Ursula Suter and made by Ursula Suter. It is dated 2008 and we acquired it in 2009. Its medium is merino wool, silk and its technique is felted, fiber mat pleated before felting. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Ursula Suter began experimenting with felt in 1997 and undertook a more serious study of the technique at the Ballenberg Museum Course Center in Switzerland (2002–04). Her first solo exhibition, Felt Skins, was held in 2002 in Zürich. She has participated in numerous group shows in Europe and has been an annual participant in the International Felt Symposium.
Suter begins with gossamer sheets of wool batting. With a needle and thread, she gently pleats, tucks, or ruches the fiber into folds. Each fold must be covered in plastic to prevent it from felting to the background. When she proceeds to the wetting and agitation stage, which together cause felting, the folds are transformed into standing ridges and rippling surface textures. The aforementioned technique is unique to this artist.
Enhancing the Textile department’s collection of felt is a priority, and Structures and Surfaces is of particular interest to the museum’s collection because it combines felt-making and dressmaking techniques, particularly pleating. This type of hand-manipulation has a strong and diverse representation in the collection, in everything from 19th-century whitework embroidery with smocking and pin-tucks to Issey Miyake's heat-pleated polyesters from the 1990s.

This object was donated by Ursula Suter. It is credited Gift of Ursula Suter.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 140 x 40 cm (55 1/8 x 15 3/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Hanging, Structures and Surfaces, 2008. merino wool, silk. Gift of Ursula Suter. 2009-24-2.

In addition to Making Design, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Fashioning Felt.

This object may be subject to Copyright or other restrictions.

You are welcome to make fair use of this image under U.S. Copyright law and in compliance with our terms of use. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Hanging, Structures and Surfaces, 2008 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=24 November 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

If you would like to tell us more about an object or have found an error in an object record, please let us know!