Non-Traditional Textiles

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I do love being exposed to innovative uses of non-traditional textiles, specifically in the field of fashion. So I was excited to be introduced to Alba Prat's work. While this neoprene garment is not particularly realistic, it is beautiful. I cannot figure out how she manages to take such a sculptural and somewhat cold-feeling design [...]

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Hello Everyone.  I hope you have been enjoying a wonderful turkey-induced long weekend, as I have.  In light of the mini vacation we are all having, I'm not going to go on and on about any topic today.  I have however come across something really cool that I would like to share with you, the [...]

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While browsing The New York Times' T Magazine, I came across an article that I found especially delicious, as it combines two of my loves: food and fashion. On November 16th, Barney's Department Store will reveal it's holiday window and quite a treat it will be for those who love an innovative approach to textiles, [...]

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Recycled ground coffee used to make an odor control, fast drying, environmentally friendly, absorbent fabric. Brilliant!

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I found this video on YouTube on DigiFabrics from Shapeways.  While I think they're pretty cool and definitely want to touch and manipulate them, I can't really picture how they're used.  I mean, how are they applied?  Do you know?  If so, care to share?

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Hi Folks.  I was introduced to this amazing video recently and couldn't wait to pass it along.  Water soluble fabrics are used to create garments. What a fantastic experiment of chemistry and fashion. The point? To get us thinking about the materials we use and what happens to them when we've decided we're done. Take [...]

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Just thought I'd share this fantastic use of textiles in the recent contest: Reconstruction 2.0, where Parson's School of Design students deconstructed and reconstructed discarded press samples from Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 2010 collection. Their mission to create wearable art.  Mission accomplished, don't ya think? Wanna see more?  Check out this slide show on ecouterre.

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You may remember that back in April, I wrote a little piece on the use of a polymer that is made using  castor beans. At the time of writing, the round bodied and lustrous yarns were mainly being used in undergarments.  One curious reader commented on the post asking why it was only really being [...]

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You heard me right. A scientist in Spain has developed a most incredible process for creating spray on clothes made from a mix tiny cotton fibers and plastic. The fibers are applied with a solvent that quickly dries and allows for the clothing to become removable.  And, like most other clothing, can be machine washed [...]

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When in a creative field, whether your role is designing, sourcing, promoting, or anything else for that matter, it's important to stay on top of trends within your industry.  We do this not only to be able to  speak intelligently about industry related current events but also to foster our knowledge and exposure to what [...]

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