Category: Focus on Fabrics
What an incredible first saturday at the Garden Lab @510! Throughout the morning we soaked our fabrics in a vinegar and water soak (we used 1 cup vinegar to 1 cup rain water) as we upacked all of our goodies. Rose and I found out more »
I am very excited to announce that I have been offered an opportunity to experiment with compost dyeing in the Garden Lab of the Mattress Factory museum! Rose Clancy (the installation artist who has been cultivating the Garden Lab since 2010) and I will be more »
Organic Cotton…thank goodness. Producing cotton is an intensive labor and water-using endeavor. Organic Cotton, especially when paired with fair labor practices, can be an economy-inducing, eco-friendly, fashion-forward cloth. Organic cotton is created when low impact methods and materials are used when cultivating from start to more »
Wow! We do live in an interesting time that is combining traditional “craft” techniques with high technology. Here’s a cool example where Lexus uses three-dimensional weaving techniques to create a fiber carbon, super strong chassis.
Ooooh…Cotton. How I love thee. And what a boisterous history you have. Cotton was once thought by Europeans to come from a plant that had lambs attached to it that, as the lambs grew and got heavier, the stalks would bend and allow the lambs more »
Recycled polyester is a polymer-based fabric made using post-consumer (or pre-consumer but post-industrial) polyester. In other words, it takes either your old polyester clothing, used soda plastic bottles and/or excess ends from other polyester uses and melts them down to create a polyester goo which is then cooled and spun into a yarn. This yarn is then knit into a durable polyester fleece that will, in most cases, never need to be re-created into anything nor be thrown away.
Japanese Shibori is general term that encompasses hundreds of ways to manipulate cloth to achieve colorful, artistic designs on cloth. In really simple terms, shibori is an enhanced version of tie dye that has been around for over 750 years.