Could this sort of an idea be adapted to Inkscape? Say you have some text, you convert
it to a path, maybe add some nodes. Then you surround it with a box that has a user
definable number of nodes per side. If you grab one of those nodes, and drag it, it
reacts with a certain number of nodes in the text path, dragging them like a magnet.
With something like this, you could flex and bend an object however you wanted.