First round of experimentation with resin casted textile. We were interested in the aesthetic quality of the layered fabric as we shaped the puck on the lathe, and sanded the top layers away. We are concerned with the amount of resin we would have to use to make a full scale prototype, and are looking for alternative ways to make furniture with old graphic Ts.
My sustainability project has morphed from creating a pop-up shop to creating an offshoot brand that saves and redesigns t-shirts that would otherwise be sold on the commodities market. This process increases the profit from an unsold shirt from a few cents to a possible 20-40$, depending on selling price.
Screenprinting unsold tshirts with humorous, attention-grabbing slogans that promote used clothing as “cool”. This would capture shirts of many colors, sizes, and previous designs and create something new and cohesive with them. The audience should be 16-30 year olds unisex, middle income, probably urban/suburban. Like to make a statement.
Fabric sourcing: 15 min
Cutting fabric (prepare for laser cutter): 30min
Laser cutting: 15 min
Smocking: 1 hr 44 min
Connecting surfaces (sewing): 1 hr 35 min
Sewing velcro: 5 min
Adding filling: 40 min
Project Budget & Target Price point
- Fabric: no cost (donated)
- Filling: no cost (scrap fabric, dolls’ filling(donated))
- Velcro (3/4″ – 5 yards): $6.25
- Sewing thread (2-pk): $3.49
Labor (per set (2 modules))
- Fabric sourcing: 15 min – $3
- Cutting fabric (prepare for laser cutter): 30min – $6
- Laser cutting: 15 min – $3
- Smocking: 1 hr 44 min – $21.6
- Connecting surfaces (sewing): 1 hr 35 min – $19
- Sewing velcro: 5 min – $6.25
- Adding filling: 40 min – $8
*Based on minimum wage in San Francisco: $12.25/hr
Total budget: $76.59
($9.74 + $66.85)
Target price: $150
Physical Prototyping & Sketches
Top – soft surface with the pattern
Side – denim with attached velcro
Bottom – durable surface
Changing the seam edges to hide the sewing lines
1. Preparation : Collect vinyl record + magazines (11″ x 8.5″)
2. Construction Steps (labor: minimum of three people):
First: use nail gun to connect three magazines together as one block (1 min)
Second: cut the magazines into half (1 min)
Third: stack the magazine blocks into one 36″ in width x 72″ in height wall panel (30 mins)
Fourth: insert the vinyl records to the wall panel based on the template that already been designed, and can be rearranged based on need (30 mins)
Fifth: put display products on the vinyl records
1.Labor: $13/hour, per person
2. Wood Nail Gun, $100
3. 5000 1/2″ nails, $80 (one block – half of the magazines, two blocks need 8 nails)
Recent real scale prototypes and weight measurement
Before: Front Logo display wall of Goodwill Boutique Store – concrete blocks
After: Front Logo display wall of Goodwill Boutique Store – stacking magazines system with inserted vinyl record display shelves
(1) Draft of Production process including timeline
1. Making the silicone mold 10 minutes (One time process)
2. 30 minutes set (One time process)
3. Cutting three 1” circles out of keyboard film, 6 minutes, 20 per a keyboard
4. Making resin, 5 minutes
5. Setting resin and keyboard film, 5 minutes
6. 1 hour resin set
7. Drilling hole/adding hardware, 20 minutes
(2) draft of project budget and target price point
15% of silicone used. $3.75
5% of Resin used. $1.25
Total budget: $5.50
Total time: start to finish 2hr 16mins, TT not including initial making process/ material setting: 36mins
Double the price and time for earrings other then hardware (2 pieces)
10 sets of earrings or 20 pendents: $33.75
Time spent: 5 hr
Labor: 5hr(time spent) x 13 per hr=$65 +$33.75(materials) = $98.75
Price per Pendent/Earring: $20 %51.725 mark up
Work in Progess
Three critiques that I was given was that I needed to explore more forms with the shape of the hanging lamps, I should investigate the types of perforations more as well (ie length, pattern, size, and direction of perforations), and also that the mycelium is rather slow in terms of how it an be produced. So I can come up with more ideas for the final forms of that as well.
My plan is to continue development of the hanging forms, by learning to use grasshopper to create more parabolic and non-uniform shapes. This is a very powerful tool that I have not yet dabbled with. I am excited to try it out and see what I can achieve. I think there is lots of room for progression for forms. And, wether it be more of a fine art type of piece, purely experimenting with the size and shape, or if it will be more product based, experimenting with how light is affected by the perforations to achieve a good overall glow and radiance. The circles look interesting as stalactite/stalagmite formations, but can get rather boring since they are so uniform in their parabolic droop.
As for the mycelium samples, it really a slower sort of ongoing experiment. Its hard to do tests on the samples of material while its still growing. So, trying to come up with a final form is all hypothetical still. It can be pushed further in terms of areas where the mycelium foam can be applied, but is dependent on density, weight, and shapability of the material itself.
Once I’d played around with the methods of casting resin, I have decided on a design for a phone case, laptop case and tablet case. I would have a specific selection of fabric that is approved to use in resin. This is mostly due to what the material looks like when cast in resin and also due to the thickness of the material. The fabric would be cut up in small bits and soaked in resin while collaged onto the phone cast.
The fabric is relatively easy to separate out from the rest of goodwills soft-goods assembling process. After clothes have not sold at a store, they are sent back to a goodwill warehouse to be resorted and baled. My plan is to place a light sorting process in between the resorted clothes and the baling process.
The whole process takes around ten to twelve minutes of handling time and 72 hours of drying time. However, the excess of drying time does not mean that the resin is weak or that it will scratch. The products can be stacked up or packaged before the case is fully cured. I figure that if ten minutes are spent on each phone case while paying fifteen dollars an hour, a dollar of resin is spent on each phone case, and the case is being sold at twenty dollars, then Goodwill is profiting sixteen dollars and fifty cents on each phone.
Artist to look at: Emiko Oye, Harriete Estel Berman
Venue to look at: Velvet Da Vinci - Contemporary art gallery showcasing jewelry, metalwork & crafts in a lofty, industrial setting, in San Francisco
1. Using Printers parts for jewelry. Having each jewelry line be dedicated to a specific electronic components.
2. For the low end line, have the customers make and assembly their own.
3. More explanation of Goodwill’s role
ACTION TO TAKE
1. Deciding each component and assigning a low, medium or high product.
- Low end – Key boards
- Medium – Printers
- High end – VCR
My decision is based off the the rarity, and more visually appealing components. I didn’t see printers at Goodwill/unaware of parts inside. One of the Goodwill staff said, there was tons and would like to see it used in the project. I need to find a printer, and see if it has usable components.
2. Set up a table at Goodwill where people can come in and make their own bracelets. Will work as an assembly line, with parts precut/partially assembled etc. It will include instructions posted above. It will engulf personalization, and DIY creative reuse. Will need more keyboards.
3. Make a message or tag, with the product describing its history. State the relationship between vendors, distributors, wholesale, etc, creating relationships, and high profit margins.
By breaking down fabrics into their raw form; Shred Fabric. It maximize their possibility of reuse (e.g. insulation stuffing, cushion) and on the other hand minimize the material requirement such as their scale, quantity, and quality. It is ideal material for Goodwill’s because of its efficiency and ability to consume large volume of fabric.
The basic concept for this project is to create this consumption. By proposing a war game, using recycle fabric material to produce its customized site and equipment. With the materials highly flexibility, the game can be customized in to any scale and theme, and on the other hand, the projects encourage self creativity in terms of creating game and creating rules for the game. Most importantly, it produces job opportunity for people to design and organize the game.
Feed back and direction
-Propose a actual game type- (capture the flag series)
-Prototype Equipment- Obstacle and equipment
-Scaling the equipment- and its mobility
-Cost estimation for different scale
-The proposal currently to break down material into its generic form to maximize the range of use- is there another away to take advantage of the materials uniqueness?