Last week I started to play with the colours of the plastic. I want to make three different colored belts so I have three different kinds of stools to make a serie. I thought it would be nice to try to use all the colors that are most common for the plastic waste yarn, the transparent one, blue and green. The idea was to use normal yarn with the plastic yarn in the weaving and I decided to use acrylic yarn so the whole stool can easily be recycled again.
I used patterns and weavings from the area as gridlines for choosing the colors together. I ended up with the colors green, blue and pink as the final chose of acrylic with the plastic yarn and just like the base of weavings that you see on the picture above the base of the stool (the frame) will be white as well.
I made some try outs with the width of the belt and it turns out that three belt are going to turn out the best both for the look and it’s better for the weaving work. There was more curve then I thought there would be in the frame but it actually turned out great! Now the belts goes down the curve giving it a bit of a different look and gives it more body. I also did some try out with the connection part, we are going to see if we can make this part ourselfs also from recycled material but we will see next week if it works out. Otherwise it will be out of metal.
A lot of things got solved this week and I am happy with the progress.
I am very happy to announce that the crowd-funding in December was successful and we are able to continue with the project! I had some time off from the stool over the holidays but it never left my mind and a lot of things where solved during this “time off”.
Prototypes of the frame where made at the end of December and we are pretty close to the final one.
Now I am starting to work on the project again, it’s mostly about figuring out the weaving parts, connections, colors etc. I will give an update every week from now on so you can see the stools final development.
This week I made some models in real life scale from plastic tubes, they are a bit thicker then the metal would be but gives a good enough impression. I always find it very helpful to do this to get a real feeling for the proportions, shape and size of the furniture. It can also tell a lot about how difficult it is to make with the real material. I think I have a pretty good idea about the metal frame at this point and next I would like to see it in metal!
I made a almost real try out with the weaved plastic strips, the weaving technic that I am using is very simple and simple tool are used that can easily be made with laser-cutter to produce tools for the weaving women in Manchay. The plastic waste yarn that I had was thicker then I used before and did not work as well but good enough for this try out. Took me with my pour weaving skills couple of hours to produce one strip but I am pretty sure that the weavers are much faster and better at this then I am. I only used the plastic waste yarn this time but the idea is to mix the wool yarn that they usually use with the plastic waste yarn, you can see those experiments earlier on this blog.
I also started making some sketches of possible connection parts for the weaving strip that I would like to be produced from recycles plastic as well but we have to see if that works out. At least it has to be neat and work as a natural part of the weaving strip.
I think the design of the stool is coming a long great and I am looking forward to keep on going and seeing this project becoming reality!
I had a lot of fun last week making little models, I really love making things with my hand and I try to work in that way as much as possible.
After previous experiments and try-outs I figured out that the product that I was going to make was a stool. This week I focused on coming up with simple metal frame where the weaving strips could be stretched over in a very simple way. I was inspired by the pictured from Manchay that our ambassadors over there Anne-Fleur, Natalie and Romy took for me. I could see that there is a lot of dust and neutral colors but they seem to like bright colors so you can see colors popping up here and there. I really liked that. I also sow from the pictures that all things like furniture are made to be efficient and functional. Because of this I felt that the design should also be efficient and functional. I did some scale models to try out the shapes and trying out different thicknesses of the weaving strips. I ended up with two stools that I think will be the best choose to go from here (the ones I am holding) and I am planing to continue working on them further this week. I am also going to keep on going with weaving experiment this week. What I hope for right now is that this will be at the end one stool frame and then three different kinds of colored weaving making this a nice series. I’ll keep you posted.
I am Marta Sif, I am a product designer and I am currently designing a furniture from the plastic waste yarn. I graduated form Design Academy Eindhoven earlier this year with a project called “Fish on dry land”. In this project I focused on working with migration in villages in Iceland where I am from. I made four pieces of furniture that are inspired by this village main occupation fishing and designed them so they could be produced locally. I wanted to show them and everybody else that it’s very much possible to produce in the villages and it doesn’t alls have to happen in the big cities. During my graduation show on Dutch Design Week I met Gaspard from WOOF & WOW and he told me about this project with the plastic waste yarn that they had been working on. This seemed like the perfect match, that I would join them and design a product with the team of WOOF & WOW.
I am very glad to be a part of this project and I am curious to see where it will lead me. It’s an important project for me because I like being a part of something bigger then just my objects. I believe design should reach out to social problems in the world where the creative thinking come in good use. I would say that I am somewhere in-between being a designer and a craftsman so I find this project very fascinating. Now my goal is to use the story and the knowledge of the area combined with the recycle material to create a designed furniture. By doing this we are recycling waste, giving the people there jobs and creating something new. It’s just as beautiful as it sounds.
In the beginning I research a lot through photos, making collages for different things like colour, weaving methods, possible products, detailing etc. from there on I started to make experiments with the material, all kinds of little try out and research. I started to get more feeling for the material and what it has to offer. The material is very strong and it has an interesting feeling and texture. I wanted to use the story and the background of the material in the design and I think that one of the biggest iconic Peru things are weaven woollen textiles. I tried combining the wool with the plastic and I felt that that worked very well together creating a different material on it’s own. I found a weaving method that I think works the best, it’s one of the most simplest ways to weave but that is also a good thing. The simpler the better. I wanted to create a way for the women to weave this material in a simple efficient way that could also be the simplest way for me to use in a furniture. At this point I see it as weaving strips that they will make from the plastic combined with the traditional wool and then there will be a metal frame where I can apply the strips too to make a chair or a stool. This week I will be working on shaping the stool and trying out the connection method that I came up with, now with the real material.