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Textile Environment Design: (June 2014)

Structured. Sculptural sample collection.
An unresolved sample project, designing for interior/installation/art outcome. Focusing on three of the ten Textile Environment Design (TED) strategies. TED 1- minimise waste, TED 2- design for cyclability, TED 3- design to reduce chemical impacts, and finally, TED 4- design to reduce water use. Beginning with the theme ‘metal/mechanical’ and using uniquely shaped metal mechanical objects salvaged and/or recycled from a local breakers yard. Motorbike parts were most interesting for their shape and connecting joints Tools such as drill parts, cement mixer attachments and household appliance parts, were also found and used from the scrap yard.
How do the parts fit together? The objects found at the scrap yard are used to create the final samples. Putting different parts together in ways not intended. Thus creating a new shape and altering the viewer’s perception. Designing the outcome before it has been created.
All samples are made from Habotai or a Silk/Cotton blend, using a moulding process similar to the Shibori technique; (where the objects are wrapped in fabric using string and boiled in water). Most samples are dyed naturally from the rust that leaves the objects during the boiling process and these are made first. The dark samples are chemically dyed, added during the boiling process. All water and dyes are reused repetitively and not changed throughout the whole project therefore reducing water use and chemicals. Due to the techniques used, the final outcomes cannot be washed and are therefore only intended as art installation pieces. Each object is made from one single piece of fabric so no wastage occurs. This technique allows for the objects to mould the fabric, once dry the fabric can be peeled away leaving a structured shell in a material which is stiff but can bend back to its intended shape.