This research project explores hands-on processes which both exploit and modify the properties of under-valued textiles.
Shibori heat-setting transforms slinky synthetics into sculptural forms while taking advantage of poor colour fastness to passively resist-dye the textiles. Partially de-threaded fabrics are made into furred structures while fully de-threaded fabrics are reconstituted via felting. Needle felting is also used to give gauzy fabrics shape memory and to blend disparate textiles by drawing the fibres of one substrate through another. Basket-like vessels are formed using traditional craft techniques, however natural fibres are substituted for low-grade household plastics