I have just attempted to make a sample of paper from recycled magazines. To start, i cut the magazines into small pieces and added water. This had to be left for a couple of hours to soak until it had gone soft and mushy. While i left the scraps of paper to soak, i went to buy a small hand blender and a splatter screen. I then used the blender to blend the mushy paper scraps into a thick pulp, and pressed them onto the splatter screen, which acted as a cheaper alternative to – and was more accessible than – a mould and deckle. Once i had squeezed enough water out, the paper has to be left to dry. From researching online, this could take up to a few days to dry.
The paper is looking an overall grey colour as i had mixed lots of different coloured paper. I would like to pick specific colours to blend to create an overall colour taken from the tree forecast for earthed and inspired by my satellite imagery. I am happy with the speckled look that it has as i feel it is a camouflaged pattern like the patterns seen in earth.
I don’t have much time to complete my 10 samples for this project, and this is very time consuming. I wanted to use this as a test piece and wait until it had dried before i continued to experiment further, however, I’m going to have to make some more now to save some time.
Here are some examples of some pieces that i have made for my Level 5 Field retrieval project; Biodegradable textiles for lingerie.
These have been inspired by ‘natures veins’ such as rock and sediment layers in earth, camouflaged patterns and ariel views. I have recycled paper magazines and manipulated them to create patterns by tearing, cutting, layering and weaving them. My next aim is to make my own sheets of paper. I would like to turn the recycled magazine paper into something thats completely unrecognisable as they once were. By putting the paper into a blender and making a pulp, the prints of the magazine will not be seen anymore, hopefully producing speckled patterns like what can be seen within natures grains.
As discussed with Sally, i will be undertaking a new project in order to complete my level 5 Field module. This project will go under the theme of ‘Biodegradable textiles for lingerie’. I aim to create a minimum of 10 samples, drawing inspiration from my subject module theme of ‘Satellite imagery’. I will also be supporting these designs with CAD visuals in order to provide a visual representation of what these samples may look like on key pieces of lingerie for Autumn/Winter ’17/18.
I have chosen to use paper as my biodegradable textile for this project. I have collected free magazines from various high street fashion shops which i aim to manipulate into various textures and patterns inspired by WGSN’s women’s textile’s trend forecast for Autumn/Winter ’17/18, which i have previously researched within my Subject Module. Techniques that i will use will be: collaging, cutting, layering, weaving, stitching, and folding/pleating. From this i will be creating designs that reflect patterns taken from WGSN’s Earthed trend forecast such as ‘Chameleon stripes’, ‘Camouflaged’, ‘Raw grain’, and woven tweeds.
I will document all experimentation in an a4 sketchbook, as well as keeping a diary on my blog. Finally, i will professionally mount my 10 designs with supporting CAD visuals.