The Beginning of a new train of thought, Implementing (coloured) bioplastic into handwoven textile design.
Within Alinea, the purpose is to explore the use of bioplastic as unconventional yarn in the traditional technique of handweaving. The focus toward bioplastic as a design material and the technique of handweaving as the fabrication technique to generate broader alternatives for using bioplastic materials in woven textile design.
Described through experimental and practise-based research, handwoven bioplastic samples have been explored to investigate the methods of structures and bindings, gradient colouring and print design within bioplastic and weaving. With the attempting to make bioplastic more accessible for the textile industry.
The experimental design research resulted in scaled prototypes that showcase a collection of seven pieces that present various design possibilities and potentials regarding bioplastic within the textile weaving technique, including distinct structural tactile qualities bioplastics can offer to the field of textile.
It can be concluded that bioplastic can play a role in becomes a desirable material steering textile design towards a more sustainable future in the textile design field. And give handwoven materials new aesthetics by producing unique structures and tactile features.
Photos: Daniela Ferro and Jessica Rijkers