Friday, 27 December 2013

Bamboo Jewellery

Liu, Robert KOrnamentDescription: (2012): 60-65,7.

  • · discussion in the jewellery world about ethical and safe practices in mining for minerals and gems
  • · On a smaller scale, there is some thought about recycling and sustainability among jewellers.
  • · Such concepts are perhaps more applicable to organic materials, but there has been a stigma against ornaments made of such substances, except in various indigenous and certain Asian cultures.
  • · Gustav Reyes's wood and Fred Tate's bamboo/metal jewelry are notable examples of artists using organic materials 
  • · Bamboo is a fast-growing plant for which the attributes beauty and utility match perfectly; the graceful canes consisting of hollow internodes, solid nodes and high lignin content
  • · bamboo in Asian construction scaffolding for high-rise buildings
  • · soothing sounds when the wind blows, are pleasing to touch and some, like the black bamboo, even have medicinal qualities…antibacterial
  • · long history of usage and study, but there is very little in terms of their use for ornaments
  • · bamboo structure relatively intact, while Tomomi Matsunaga (1992) sculpted giant timber bamboo culms into graceful ornaments
  • · internet marketplace, there are commercially-made bent bamboo cane bracelets
  • · steambending bamboo experiment made this method not really very economical or practical, since steaming alone was about two and a half hours, with additional time needed for cooling.
  • · no cane thinner than about 0.3 centimeters diameter was used, nor could I successfully bend any thicker than 0.9 centimeters diameter.
  • · as beautiful as it is sustainable. A clump or small grove of bamboo yields more than enough.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Modified Bamboo

Modified bamboo rayoncopper nanoparticle composites as antibacterial textiles

·         M.D. TeliDescription: Corresponding author contact information, Description: E-mail the corresponding author, 
·         Javed Sheikh
·         Department of Fibres and Textile Processing Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Matunga (E), Mumbai, 400019, India

  • ·  As the awareness about health and hygiene is increasing, the demand for antimicrobial textiles is also increasing.
  • ·  growing awareness about cleaner surroundings and healthy lifestyle, a range of textile products based on synthetic antimicrobial agents such as triclosan, metal and their salts, organometallics, phenols and quaternary ammonium compounds, have been developed and quite a few are also available commercially
  • ·  water absorbency, elasticity, ion exchange capabilities, thermal resistance and resistance to microbiological attack, can be improved
  • ·  Bamboo rayon fibers have already acquired an important position in the textile industry because of the advantage of raw material being renewable as well as the properties which are suitable for application in clothing and medical textiles.
  • ·  cheaper alternative for silver salts, copper salts, with almost equivalent antibacterial activity was deployed to make antibacterial material. The knitted bamboo rayon fabric grafted with acrylamide was utilized as a backbone to prepare the composite of it with copper nanoparticles. 

Saturday, 21 December 2013

The Novelty of Bamboo

Novelty of bamboo fabric
Rajesh Mishra a
 , B.K. Behera b
 & Bishnu Pada Pal b
a. Faculty of Textile Engineering , Technical University of Liberec , Czech Republic
b. Department of Textile Technology , Indian Institute of Technology , New Delhi , India
Published online: 31 May 2011

  • · special properties such as antibacterial, absorbency, anti-UV, antistatic, cool and soft feel.
  • · various applications such as gauze bandage, medical drapes, summer clothing and towel. 
  • · 100% bamboo fabrics are giving better results compared to 100% cotton and 100% viscose fabric in terms of antibacterial behaviour and absorbency
  • · better breathability
  • · higher values of fullness and softness
   Because of the antibacterial properties, bamboo would be a great investment in medical textiles. Bamboo has great properties and a larger variation of uses.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

For the love of Bamboo

Bamboo reinforces sustainable compounds
Copyright © 2008 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • · Transmare Compounding B.V. introduced a range of new products reinforced with fibres from 100% renewable raw materials
  • · Based on polypropylene and biodegradable polylactic acid and employ bamboo fibre reinforcement
  • · ‘greener’ alternative
  • ·  Long been construction material – using fibres from core is new technology
  • · Strong, lightweight, wear resistant and low water absorption
  • · “Bamboo fibre reinforced compounds can be processed by injection moulding or extrusion in the same way as those using other reinforcements. Applications areas too are similar ranging from phone and notebook housings to furniture and automotive parts. And, they deliver the same high reinforcement properties when combined with bioplastics, such as PLA, for short lifecycle products, designed to degrade naturally at the end of their service life. Moreover, long bamboo fibres can be blended in a thermoplastic matrix to form compression mouldable mats. We have added these to our product basket and their potential is already attracting interest from the automotive industry as a next-step solution for lightweight, non-toxic interior and exterior vehicle panels”. – Robin Beishuizen
  • · Tested and trialled throughout Europe
  • · Bamboo contributes to sustainability
  • · It is a renewable, very fast growing, high volume crop and the production process to finished fibre has a very low energy requirement.
  • · CO2 generated is balanced by the CO2 take-up by new bamboo growth, making it virtually carbon neutral
Having read one journal and picked out the parts I feel are most significant, I feel a bit better about writing a literature report. Still confused though.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Obsession: The Barbie Epidemic

For my new project I decided to look at obsession. I'm not sure if it'll be commercial and suitable BUT...I wanted to look at a 'weird' obsession. 

Hello again, 'Barbie epidemic'!

(l-r: Venusangelic, Dakota Rose, Wang JiaYun, Anastasiya Shpagina, Valeria Lukyanova.)

There is something fascinating about this obsession with making oneself look like a perfect doll. It's a very striking look but it can't be a good influence and is probably dangerous in extreme cases. AND Photoshop MUST be involved! get a feel as part of research I thought I'd try to make myself look doll-like...

Using make-up I tried to create a doll look.
The results were fairly doll-like but not half as doll-like as Wang Jia Yun, Dakota Rose,  Anastasiya Shpagina and Valeria Lukyanova.

Next stop, Photoshop! I used airbrushing and retouching.

The results are shocking!
After this I believe Photoshop can do EVERYTHING! I wonder how many of the 'dolls' have heavily shopped their photos... 

For a more detailed account please see the original post> [click here]

Friday, 25 October 2013

Choosing a Research Topic

  • ·         Which research topic am I interested in exploring?

Sustainable materials
  • ·         What is my specialism and role?

I specialise in print. My role is to do a lot of drawing of my subject of choice and then translate them into designs to take into the print workshop to create samples using a series of techniques.
  • ·         What context?

Commercial design
  • ·         What methods have been used?

In regards to sustainable materials, I am not personally aware of any sustainable printing methods.
  • ·         What methods might I use?

I could investigate into dyes that use non-toxic elements, eco-friendly dye methods to minimise the waste of water and finishings that will make prints last longer.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Workplaces of the Future

The future is something we spend a lot of time thinking about, but what will the workplace be like?

* What will work be like in 2030?

Hopefully the the recession will finally be over and businesses will flourish!
* How old will you be?
* Where will you be working?
Hopefully I will have reached my goal and be able to have a Tea Shop and have successfully launched my line Ink on Sakura.
* Who will you be working with?
Mehmoona! Or any other employees
* How do you think you time will be occupied?
By making cakes, brewing tea, designing and sewing and drawing.
* What do you think your daily routine might involve?
Bed at 4am, up at 12pm! I'll probably start the day by decorating cakes to take out and then working until 5pm followed by going home and doing homey things for 3 days a week and working half day for the other two and spending the rest of the day at home sewing/ drawing.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Grayson Perry: Democracy Has Bad Taste

Well good job I have good taste then! ;)

For this particular lecture, Perry was wearing a t-shirt by a Chinese student from Central St Martins, orange 'flatforms' (comfy flats with a 4 inch platform) and 'sea green' tights!
Flatforms is now a thing! To fellow Rufflebutts and I, this is totally the 'normal' person's version of Rocking Horse Shoes (except they probably don't rock).

  • Anyone can enjoy art! (even a Essex Transvestite and this Rufflebutt!)
  • It's hard to judge art
  • 'What is beauty?' - it's constructed by things we're familiar with and influences.
  • Victorian narrative painting - once seemed 'kooky' but then it became popular... (Does something you like becoming popular put you off it?)
  • The Venetian Secret - formula for painting perfect beautiful painting
  • 21st Century Venetian Secret = mathematical formula! 
  • Half decent, non-offensive idea x no. studio assistants ÷ ambitious art dealer
  • 'Art will always be tied to money'
  • 'Validation' - different categories. The big collectors, art dealers, the public
  • Being serious is important
So while I'm not Grayson Perry' biggest fan and I am still suffering *'Loli Shock' from my A-level days where my art teacher compared Lolita fashion to Perry's dresses, I would LOVE to dress him up!
I also find his views on validation interesting. As an artist/ designer I have never thought about it that way. I am happy as long as I sell and profit. I don't need to be validated, I don't need mass numbers to appreciate and like me and my work (if they don't, I would consider that I'm too fabulous, they have bad taste or maybe even both!). However, my target audience is more specific so I've not really ever thought about it like that.
But I do enjoy the new terminology - 'Flatforms'

* Loli Shock = a shocked Lolita

Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Future of Textiles

Today our adventure takes us to the Textile Futures Research Centre (the website, obviously)
The Textile Futures Research Centre is a collective of designers and researcher who want work towards using textiles to enable a more sustainable future for generations to come. These researchers and designs are based in London (University of the Arts London and Central St Martins and Chelsea) they explore the possibilities and potential of materials and textiles through three tangents: science and technology, sustainable strategy and well-being and social innovation.

Minimize. A word we use a lot.I personally try to minimize clothes to make them all fit in the tiny entity that is my student accommodation wardrobe (only got my Lolita in there, my 'real clothes' are in a box!!). The volume and mass of clothes are minimized a lot. To get a bigger load in the laundry to save money (guilty) or some you can get more in that tiny hand luggage when going away. But how about minimizing the waste of textiles when making these clothes you end up minimizing?

Design to Minimise Waste on Textile Toolbox looks at the problem of textiles waste.
So as consumers we are wasteful. Out of fashion? Time to toss it aside (or maybe store away in case it comes back into fashion). I personally don't like to waste because money is hard to come by and I try not to buy things I don't need. 
My shopping mantra: 'Will I cry if I can't have this in my life?' if no, I don't buy it.

Now to pre-consumer waste. 15% of material is wasted during pattern cutting. 
David Telfer  shows and example of 'zero-waste fashion design'. This really cleverly integrates pattern cutting so no fabric is wasted when making the garment.

Zero-waste garments by David Telfer, 2010. Photograph by Thomas McQuillan, courtesy of David Telfer
Zero-waste garments by David Telfer, 2010. Photograph by Thomas McQuillan, courtesy of David Telfer.

I love this idea and it's something I would love to try to work with when sewing my own garments (I would love to say that Ink on Sakura produces zero-waste!)
Looking at the pattern I feel it has an Origami feel and works in the way Origami does - creating something from a single piece leaving no waste.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Always Good Taste?

No necessarily...sometimes I have odd taste which isn't conventionally considered to be 'good taste'.
Today marks the 'birth' of Bad Days, Good Taste (yes, I like to believe that is the case most of the time) for things related to my second year of uni and textiles and surface design.
Yes, I'm still here and made it into second year. I'm still holding on! 

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