February – Juyi 2009
Together with Mieke Cuppen Refinity created an item bordering between jewellery and garment. The item consists of three wires that can be spun into three balls of reusable yarn. Refinity also chose biodegradable materials as well as materials that will continue to circle in the technical cycle. We did this to show that it is possible to use different materials together, as long as they are easy to separate.
Just like the other studies it has to be easy to separate this garment. Refinity chose knitting-, crocheting- and spool knitting techniques. With these three techniques the thread can easily be taken apart. As material Mieke Cuppen and Refinity chose Tencel, an artificial fibre from a natural source (eucalyptus tree). The biggest advantage of Tencel is that the production process is closed. The water can be reused. The soft thick spool knitting thread consists of bamboo, this fibre is proved to be better for the environment than organic cotton and more voluminous than linen. However the production process is a viscose-process which is not environment friendly. Mieke was also trying to find a thread that resembled silver to strengthen the feeling of jewellery. Refinity chose Morphotex, a thread consisting of polyester and nylon. The interesting thing about this thread is that it has colour while it is not dyed. Because of carvings in the yarn in combination with the illumination angle it looks like this yarn has colour. This is inspired by the wings of a morpho butterfly. It is not possible yet to upcycle this thread because the polyester and nylon are processed together.
Who is Mieke Cuppen?
Photography Savale, Hair & Make-up Annelies van Oosterum, Model Marjolein Heij