Plastic leather/plastic canvas
I’m Alicia and I’m graduating as a Fashion Design student from Institute of Arts Artez Arnhem. I want my whole graduation collection to be sustainable, but I also want to introduce new materials. That’s why I’m experimenting with plastic waste and to make eventually like a leather/canvas feel material out of recycled plastic. The problem is that I want to make it flexible to make jackets out of it, but latex doesn’t mix with plastic and silicone is against my concept because you’re actually creating new plastic again.
Is there anybody who have some ideas, thoughts or experience with this who can help me out?
Nice idea! Thanks I surely would give that a try and see if i can make something wearable of it!
How cool! Maybe we can meet sometime, as I see that you’re also living in the Netherlands. And thanks I will keep you updated too!
So graduated and well. A little update! There are still a lot of improvements to make but here are some photos of the collection
I love the little kids suit!!
how did you infuse the plastic in the end?
hope to buy in stores ASAP
keep it up!
@mattia-io and @brendonscrimgeour,
Thank you so much!! There are still some improvement to make. Unfortunately during my graduation I didn’t have that much time to improve the material, because of I had to made 15 meters of this plastic canvas to make a child suit, workwear suit and an anorak. After all I used an iron and a vaccumformer. To make meters you have to put a lot of pressure or you have to tighten it so the material will not get wrinkly or wavy. You don’t want that because you can’t cut the patterns straight with the material. I used only two and half layers of HDPE plastic bags to make it still flexible. With more layers it will be more firmly but it will not be flexible enough to move in. For now I want to do some research what the right temperatures are, because it still have to be firmly but at same time flexible and there is small border between totally melted away, right or still bubbly. The little kid played in the suit for two days and the last fashion show the pants didn’t survived. So lets try again and better. I’m also wondering if its possible to make a flexible sheet with other plastics as HDPE and LDPE? @thomasthefirst But first work this thing out, because I really like to see that people would love to wear them 🙂 O and I made sweaters out of old scaffolding nets- see picture!!
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