Research on new uses for plastic materialsin the textile process

MATERIALS: WOOL, POLYAMIDE, POLYESTER, POLYURETHANE, POLYPROPYLENE, POLYETHYLENE
2003

* Second prize at the Miquel Mas Molas Award to Textile Technical Research, granted by Miquel Mas Molas Foundation and the Institute for Catalan Studies, Barcelona.

Industrial plastics are explored as alternative components of textile structures at different stages of the textile process: spinning, fabric construction and finishing. Combining them with traditional textile materials, these plastics are used as effect material in the development of:

  • fancy yarns through hollow spinning technology, which are subsequently woven or knitted;
  • wool felts through wet felting techniques;
  • polyurethane thin films through a custom casting process.

The result is a collection of textiles and thin films, suitable for interior design applications.

Samples

Materials review

Identification of plastics, rubbers and foams. Exploration and analysis of their physical, mechanical and optical properties, aesthetic qualities and potential for their use within the textile process.

Yarn design

Development of fancy yarns through hollow spinning technology.

Effect-material design

Design of effect materials to be included into yarns, felts and films.

Sketching