Poly-knit

Laura Heron

Reuse textile created from recycled plastic bags using knitting techniques.
Reuse textile created from recycled plastic bags using knitting techniques.
Process image: knitting the textile using plastic yarn.


As I tuned into the profound presence of plastics around me I observed how long lasting materials are always used for single use items. I wanted to lead a project that reversed this illogical standard of material use while also adding elements of design to assist in extending the lifespan of desire towards plastic materials. I aimed to harness the strength and stretch of the plastic as well as the opportunity to work with the colours shopping bags come in to form a durable but interesting textile.  The prototype is constructed from discarded polyethylene bags which were then cut and fused into long sections of reuse yarn. ‘Poly-knit’ is a large textile swatch displaying the potential for durability and pattern reused plastic materials provide.

Inspiration image: woven work by artist Dienke Dekker, year unknown.

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