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Yuken Teruya

5 Mar

Japanese artist Yuken Teruya creates these beautiful cutout trees from paper bags and toilet rolls.

The first 3 images shown below are from the project entitled ‘Rain Forest’. Yuken Teruya turns an everyday waste item in to something attractive.














The second project I particularly like is called ‘Notice-Forest’ the paper cut trees end up on the inside of the paper bag, holding the bag open. The creations are intricate, beautiful and unusual.














For more information about Yuken Teruya please follow this link:


Eco Friendly Textiles

13 Feb

For past projects in particular the self-motivated project I carried out over the summer break and the RSA project I have been increasingly interested in the use of natural dyes and eco textiles. Whilst at Premiere Vision in Paris last week I came across numerous companies, which are creating environmentally friendly textiles. Akin Tekstil for example use organic cotton to produce some of their fabrics, they also take great care to treat the wastewater produced during manufacture. Here is a link to the website: Asahi Kasei is another company, which I came across at Premiere Vision. Asahi Kasei produces ecological fibers from a renewable resource. The fiber Bemberg is biodegradable, and clean burning. For more information please follow this link:

I also came across some beautiful photographs of natural dyes taken for Bloom magazine by Doswell and Mclean whilst looking at, one of my favourite online sources of inspiration. Here are some of the fantastic photographs:

RSA Project-Samantha Dylan Mitchell, Yarn Drawing & Photography

10 Jan

For the RSA project I have been inspired to look at the structure and pattern of recycled materials. I first began drawing and photographing well worn, torn and frayed jeans that I have salvaged the zips and pockets from (I will upload some photographs of my sketchbook drawings at a later date). I then moved on to looking at recycled balls of yarn. I came across the work of Samantha Dylan Mitchell who has created some very detailed drawings of yarn. Here is a link to her website and below are some images of her work:

















The above pieces by Sarah Dylan Mitchell must of taken a lot of time and patience to complete and I do like the outcome, however I decided to take a different approach and create a piece using the yarn as a painting tool. I wound a short length of yarn around a paintbrush and secured it with a knot at one end as shown below.

I then dipped the end of the paintbrush with the yarn attached in to a pot of water and then in to some gouache paint. I swirled the yarn across the page with my inspiration coming the ball of yarn in front of me. I continued this process, reloading the yarn with paint as I moved. I also tried dipping the yarn in some black ink, the outcome of which I was quite happy with. After much experimentation I decided I better stop before my page became too over worked. Next I had a quick cup of tea and waited for the paint to dry. I then worked on top of the piece with a blue fine liner and a pencil adding and highlighting small details.

I will add some more images in the next few days but here is a sneak peak of a close up section of the piece I created:









Before washing my palette I noticed small bubbles had formed in the water and so I took a few Macro shots as i had my camera to hand, some of them turned out not too bad:
















RSA Project & Charity Shop Materials

7 Jan

Recently I have been trying to juggle numerous tasks, some of which are family and work orientated, others relate to university work. I have managed to do a few drawings and a little research for the RSA brief entitled ‘Make Something Disappear’. I plan to use recycled materials where possible when producing samples for this project and will therefore have this in mind throughout the design process. After scouring the charity shops this week I came across some outdated maps, which I intend to use as a base for some collage and stitch, mixed media pieces. As well as this I bought a couple of jars of old buttons and some books, which will no doubt come in useful!

I also attempted to unravel an old hand knitted jumper this week, however the outcome was not entirely successful with much of the jumper made from small lengths of yarn knotted together. I hope I will still be able to produce some useful samples for this project with the recycled yarn. Below are some images I took whilst unravelling the jumper:


RSA Project-Make Something Disappear

23 Dec

‘Make Something Disappear’ is the title of the third project I am working  on this semester but it is in fact one of the RSA competition briefs, which I chose to tackle. This brief is very challenging and requires a lot of thinking and careful consideration of how textile design can be applied to a brief which looks at current global issues such as the lack of natural resources and the need for sustainable design. This is an area that I am passionate about and have chosen to investigate further for my dissertation. I am particularly interested in researching the role technology could play in reducing the environmental impact of the textile design industry.

However for this project I intend to create/design a desirable and unique garment or soft furnishing from recycled yarn. I would like to work with recycled yarn and other recycled materials such as buttons and zips where necessary as this eliminates waste, decreases the consumption of natural resources and the amount of energy required to dispose of unwanted textile items.

If I dye the recycled yarn I will use environmentally friendly, natural dyes, as this is something I experimented with over the summer and is in keeping with the suggested sustainable guidelines of the brief. (If it is not possible to use natural dyes in the time provided I will specify that natural dyes would be used in the information provided alongside my final design).

I am also interested in looking at textile items, which are multifunctional or can be adapted, as items that can create multiple looks can eliminate the need for 4 or 5 other items for example. As well as this I intend to research textile items that are designed so that the can be transformed in to something else after their intended primary use.

I will include some photographs of my drawings at a later date and some information about my inspiration but I probably shouldn’t give everything away as this work is for a competition after all!

Green Carpet

17 Nov

At the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair this biodegradable moss carpet was unveiled. I think the carpet is unusual, quirky and definitely an eye catching piece. It’s a very unique way for flora to be incorporated in to contemporary building design.  I also found it interesting to read about “Terramac” a knitted eco-friendly material that was incorporated in to the design to hold the moss together. The material is broken down after about 10 years by micro organisms. For further information please follow this link:

Earthkeepers footwear collection by Timberland

3 Nov

Left:  Timberland Earthkeepers Boots

Further to my last post i have been thinking about the choices designers make and how they can ensure their product is sustainable, environmentally friendly and produced following Fair Trade guidelines for example.

Whilst flicking through an old copy of Glamour magazine (July 2010) to source some images for collage and mixed media pieces I came across an article about the Earthkeepers collection by Timberland. Timberland is a well-known brand but I did not realise that the environmental implications of creating a Timberland footwear collection has been considered.

About the Earthkeepers collection:

  • The leather for the shoes is obtained from responsibly managed tanneries, this is based on energy use, waste production and water treatment. (This perhaps does not take in to consideration suitable working conditions and a reasonable level of pay?)
  • The detail on the shoes is added with organic cotton and raffia.
  • Recycled plastic bottles are used to create the linings of the shoes.
  • The ‘Greenside Sandals’ can be recycled to make new sandals.
  • ‘Belicia Ring Ankle Sandals’ are made from 42% recycled tyres.

To have a look at the collection please follow this link:,default,sc.html

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