NZ Designer Samantha Murray Turns Fruit-Scented Liquids Into Couture

by , 04/11/12   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Featured, Green Designers

Samantha Murray, Wellington, New Zealand, Massey University, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, eco-textiles, eco-friendly textiles, sustainable textiles, Fiberform, zero waste

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Getting a solution to behave like a solid wasn’t easy, of course. After researching the spray-on fabric Fabrican, Murray invented her own “low-tech” version by binding fibers to a liquid base. It was a process that required copious trial and error. Unlike Fabrican, which is sprayed directly on the person, Murray’s technique involves pouring a solution she calls “Fiberform” into a three-dimensional polystyrene mold, which she carved by hand. Another way the two technologies differ: Fiberform holds its own shape independent of its wearer’s body.

Working with liquid allows for zero waste, a shorter construction process, and minimal raw-material use.

Once cast, dried, and popped from the mold like a cake, individual pieces were “welded” together, nuno-style, sans thread. Working in this medium, Murray says, allowed for zero waste, a truncated construction process, and minimal raw-material use. Another advantage? “It’s a completely unique textile that has a papery quality and can create shapes and effects not possible with conventional fabrics,” she tells us.

For fun, Murray added fruit scents to the liquid solution to create a “full sensory experience,” one she hopes will leave a lasting impression. As for tomorrow, the designer has applied to the Textile Futures program at Central Saint Martins, where if accepted, she plans to take her ideas even further.

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