A research project which looks at how we can work with, instead of against, the natural quality of jute to create a high-quality sensitive product. Jute is normally used ‘behind the scenes’ and never as aesthetic material.
Designs with the main feature ‘textile’
An innovative and sustainable research project, where human hair waste is recycled and applied in material and productdesign. The project focuses on the high tensile strength of hair.
‘Ignorance is Bliss’ reincorporates value of metal waste from the industries, such as water treatment plants and soil remediation companies, into pigments for new valuable products and methods. Metals are crucial to our world, and, unfortunately, a non-renewable resource.
The clothing industry can and must become more sustainable. If an article of clothing meets the specific wishes of the wearer – in terms of fit, material and colour – full clothes racks in shops are unnecessary. Rosanne van der Meer combines 3D knitting with an on-demand system.
Colourfastness is considered a quality, but discolouration can never be prevented entirely. The dye inks in home printers and the pigmented inks on the professional market have different characteristics and, therefore, a different colourfastness. rENs experiments with a combination of various types of ink and paper, in order to control discolouration with the help of UV radiation.
No Mad Makers (Floor Nagler and Didi Aaslund) helps refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos to make bags from the sails of boats and the life jackets that are left behind on the beach. The refugees can take the bags with them on their journey through Europe.
Using subterranean templates as moulds, the root systems of plants are channelled, forming a textile-like material. During the growth process the roots conform to the patterns and the root material weaves or braids itself. For her research, Diana Scherer is collaborating with biologists and ecologists of the Radboud University in Nijmegen.
Natural colours also tend to fade and lose colour. BELÉN, made up of Brecht Duijf and Lenneke Langenhuijsen, did research on the mechanisms of these changes in order to apply these qualities in a clever way. BELÉN developed discolour charts for plant-based dyes and designed unique objects such as a carpet that slowly discolours, curtains with a slowly emerging pattern and an acoustic wall coating with a different perspective from each angle.
Adrianus Kundert designs rugs that come to life through intensive use. New colours, textures and patterns appear in places where the rug has been used most. Because the rug becomes more beautiful as it wears, it will not be replaced quickly, as happens with normal wear and tear.
Lenticular printing is used to produce an image that changes optically in colour or depth as it moves. Antoine Peters is researching the possibilities of applying this technique to fabric and creating ‘multiple design’ clothing; the colour of the print changes depending on the movements of the wearer or the viewer.
Helmond company Vlisco produces fabrics for the Central and West African markets. On her own initiative, Simone Post conducted material research on Vlisco’s waste fabrics and misprints. This study resulted in the Vlisco Recycled Carpet. The great variety of waste fabrics produces unique rugs, each with an enormous wealth of colour.
The basis for the development of textiles by byBorre lies in the mattress industry and the circular knitting machine. Utilizing the technique used in the mattress industry, in which thick fabrics are knitted with filling yarn, Borre has rewritten the programmes for the machines.
The Invert Footwear collection consists of pairs of different brands of sneakers and flip-flops. For example, Elisa van Joolen turned sample models of Nike skate sneakers inside out and created new matching soles made of flip-flops. The Nike sole became new sandals. Each pair of shoes is unique.
For her graduation project at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Julia Veldhuijzen van Zanten sought inspiration in the fact that more and more older people want to stay independent for as long as possible, and she started focusing on the emotional and ecological impact of a common problem: worldwide, one in four women and one in eight men have to cope with some degree of incontinence. That’s about 200 million people.
The Layer Chair refers to the beauty of nature. A beauty that was exposed under the influence of erosion: the stratification of different types of rock. It tells a story about the origins of the landscape and how the shapes in landscapes evolve over time. The emergence of relief, the endless colors and tactillities in the successive layers, that always slightly differ in shape as a result of their asymmetry, formed the basis for the design of the Layer Chair.
Product Pieces is a garment design concept which main objective is to provide information. The design shows an alternative to the contemporary handling of clothing. It is characterized by the variety of ways it can be worn.
Because of a snail infestation Lieske Schreuder discovered that snails produce wonderful patterns in paper when eating it. This functioned as the starting point for her research which led to her thesis and graduation at the The Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU).
People like to surround themselves with prints of flowers. Since the industrial revolution it is possible to print large amounts of flowers on fabrics.
With ‘Agricola’ Gionata Gatto launched a series of design products based on criterias of low CO2 emissions and use of available local resources. The products are based on waste coming from the production and consumption of fruit, vegetables and cereals. In the Netherlands most of this waste is processed by companies that produce renewable energy from Biomass.
A dress fashioned from strips of used bicycle inner-tubes that act as individual vases, and hold cut flowers. Even without the ornamentation of fresh flowers, the dress is a wonderful object in its own right.
Season Change is a collaborative project between landscape designer Anouk Vogel and fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen.
Slippers are made using the leaves of the Areca palm. Inherently tough, strong and flexible, the leaves can be soaked in mixture of biological raw materials to regain their innate qualities. After processing and drying, the resulting material is flexible and strong, very like leather.
The raincoat is made from a new textile developed on the basis of a C2C certified interior furnishing fabric impregnated with an eco-friendly coating so that the garment is waterproof. The coat can easily be taken apart and recycled.
A collection of textiles including a tablecloth, grand foulard, tea towels and a rug. With digital printing, patterns can be printed on the woven textiles with great accuracy, resulting in considerably less ink wastage than conventional printing techniques.
A study of the quality of wood as a flexible material. The designer conducted research in the South Pacific, where tree bark is softened by beating until it can be used in blankets.
A business card made using an autumn leaf from the garden.
Precious Waste is a textile made from thin strips of plastic spun into delicate threads on a spinning wheel. Next, the threads are hand-woven into a large lap of fabric. The resulting textile is used to make new bags; the material can, however, be used for a variety of products.
When polyester is lasered, the result is a kind of high-tech lace. The polyester melts, giving the fabric a glossiness and more intense colour. And if, like the corsages, a colour is applied to the back, the paint pigment melts with the polyester on the areas treated by the laser. The colour gains a rich clarity and is visible both on the back and on the front.
Wall hanging of merino wool, raw silk and the leftover wool of Drenthe Heath sheep dyed using various tints of the plant dye, woad.
Cardboard-like paper is wrinkled then glued usin unbleached cotton to produce al long-lasting, robust material. The series includes four kinds of sports bags, a style which is increasingly used as an everyday bag.
Zipp is a lamp made from a flat section of polypropylene 0.4 mm thick, with a metre-long zip attached. All you need to do is zip together the long strip of material to create a wonderful spherical lampshade. In general, most lamps are packed in space-consuming boxes for transportation. And what is actually being transported is mainly air.
Jeans stand for freedom and individuality. How can you part with your favourite jeans, even when they have become too worn to wear? This is where Deadjeans comes in.
3D printing is a technique that enables making shapes that would be impossible to create by hand. The product is a computer file that users can download from the net, so the chosen design can be altered and printed out anywhere in the world. The method has several advantages: items no longer need to be kept in stock, and there are no transportation and shipping costs.
Yana, a felt cloth measuring 4 by 6 meters, is the outcome of a study of the properties of wools and felt. The fabric includes Italian mountain wool and rabit angora. It is made using an ancient Turkish technique for felting rugs and can be used as a curtain or partition wall.
For the renovation of an office building in Utrecht, firm of architects Cepezed and façade specialists jointly designed a Teflon-coated glass fibre second skin façade.
Wool filler to help darn textiles was devised to repair a hole in a woollen cardigan. Holes in woollen clothing are rarely clean tears – they are often frayed, laddered or surrounded by worn areas. This difference in the density and weave of the fabric is an ideal basis for felt which, as a non-woven textile easily adheres to any open structure. The unusual thing about felt is that it attaches itself automatically to a surface by means of minute scales. So, when felt is used to repair a hole, something new is created: a new section of fabric.
The Bagazo chair is made out of bagasse, a natural waste fibre from the sugarcane industry. It is used to develop a bio composite that can be deployed in the making of furniture.
While searching for a material for the production of durable, strong bags, Dinand Stufkens discovered old conveyor belts once used by post order companies and flower auctions.
When developing the Seam Chair and Seam Bench Chris Kabel worked with Materials Lab of the Air and Space Faculty at the TU Delft and composites manufacturer Lankhorst Indutech in Sneek. Chris Kabel used the material Pure, which is a 100% woven polypropylene textile (PP threads) with an internal core that melts at around 180 degrees C and an outside that melts at 130 degrees C. At the right temperature, the outer layer melts, fixing the remaining fibres. The result is an extremely hard recyclable material in contrast to the glass fibre-reinforced plastics currently used in the (furnishings) industry.
Saara Vallineva, a student at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, used simple, recycled everyday objects like cardboard, a doormat, a tea towel and tablecloths for her installations. She cuts or tears the objects into pieces, using the strips to create something new.
For her graduation project at the HKU in Utrecht (September 2009), Fioen van Balgooi researched ways in which fashion designers can design eco-effectively. This involved starting four projects with different designers, where the focus was: What is the effect of the design choice (materials, technique, colour, shape, user phase and service) on the environment?