Tyvek Innovative Uses Blog, by Material Concepts

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tyvek Origami Cranes Take Flight at Phipps Fall Flower Show in Pittsburgh

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania joined forces with the Origami Club of Pittsburgh to create an elaborate display of oversized origami peace cranes for the Conservatory's Fall Flower Show. As the first display encountered by arriving visitors, the Tyvek origami cranes provide an immediate burst of color and whimsy that sets the pace for the rest of this fantastic exhibit.

Durable Tyvek Hard Structure / Tyvek Paper proved to be the perfect material to construct the cranes using origami folding techniques and keep the birds looking beautiful throughout the show.

Phipps' Fall Flower Show brought a new perspective to the season's famed chrysanthemums, showcasing the unique ways the blooms are traditionally grown in Japan and their importance in Japanese culture.

In the historic Palm Court, constructed in 1893 as one of Phipps Conservatory's original glasshouse rooms, the massive Tyvek cranes hover over beds of red and orange mums and metal ornate lanterns with flickering candles.

Material Concepts supplies many varieties of Tyvek material to artists for a variety of art projects, including installation art. Just contact Material Concepts for more information via phone: 215-338-6515 or 1-800-372-3366 to buy Tyvek.

Photo credit for images © Paul G. Wiegman, used with permission. Many thanks to Phipps Conservatory for providing this information for use here.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New Tyvek Fashions for 2015 from Polish Designer Agnieszka Sukiennik

Agnieszka Sukiennik, a Warsaw, Poland based independent visual artist, illustrator and fashion designer, announces her spring/summer 2015 fashion design using Tyvek material. Her brand is ANIESS. The new collections are called MON POLLEN and MON BLUE. This Tyvek Innovative Uses Blog has featured Ms. Sukiennik's work previously and she does some amazing things with Tyvek in her fashion designs.

Sukiennik comments on her latest fashion designs:
My inspirations came from nature, bloom, little meadow flowers, waterdrops, marks of rain. Collections are very light, feminine and tenuous.To create these projects, I started with photography, I made a lots of pictures, on the countryside, just next to my summer house, then I pained watercolor sketches to create the best composition, which finally was placed, repainted on Tyvek. In my collections the main medium is hand painted Tyvek linked with knitwear, polyurethane foam and natural leather. Each piece of ANIESS clothing is a singular work of art - each garment is a one and only piece, totally unique.

For more information about Sukiennik's work, please visit:

And enjoy these photos provided by Agnieszka Sukiennik, used here with permission.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cut Paper Art Installations Made With Black Tyvek

Artist Julie Friedman creates gorgeous creative and innovative installation art from black Tyvek® and an X-ACTO knife that were recently show at the 95th Toledo Area Artists (TAA) Exhibition. She "loves telling people what I use - I always say 'it's that stuff they wrap houses in for insulation' and their eyes light up!" Friedman's work manipulates light and shadows and "incorporates an exploration of positive and negative shapes through the use of images." Additionally, she often layers Tyvek® because the "juxtaposing and layering images of trees and telephone poles lead to connections both physical and metaphorical."

When asked why Tyvek® is her chosen medium, Friedman says that she was learned about using Tyvek® while attending a paper cutting workshop. Friedman says she loves using Tyvek® "because of the ease of cutting, first and foremost" and because "it is also so durable and I don’t have to worry about tearing and ripping like I do with paper." Friedman notes that
over time her pieces have "grown in scale and I have been able to explore how the viewer can interact with the images. Cast shadows create another world inside and around the structure."

Tornadoes is one of Friedman's pieces that was shown at the TAA Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Canaday Gallery. In this installation, the addition of "a kinetic element and light help stretch the bounds of the medium." Friedman comments:
The idea of the tornado came to me first as a formal design element. A shape I drew by hand to include in a cut out. Usually my cut outs are all images I photograph and manipulate on the computer. So the tornado was a scribbly form that I liked and after I drew it I realized what it was and I began to create stories and scenarios. I drove around town taking pictures of houses and using Photoshop I would change the contrast until the essence of the house was left in strong black and white shapes. I have used architectural elements in my work off and on, all throughout my career stating as an undergrad. Houses, both literally and symbolically. Shelter and security. I started to collage 3 elements: tornado, house, vegetation/ wires. Different scenarios. Adding elements of surprise in the tornadoes. Birds-fish-chairs. Sometimes there is a feeling of stasis. Like even though there is this tornado blowing through your backyard everything is still the same. Nothing has been destroyed. It is the moment before. Other times the telephone poles are broken and the wires are flying and electricity is in the air.
A Greenhouse for Life

All photos are used with permission. Special thanks to Julie Friedman for providing us with information.

If you need Tyvek material for your own art project, Material Concepts supplies many varieties of Tyvek. Just contact us for more information or call 215-338-6515 or 1-800-372-3366 for information or to buy Tyvek.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tvvek Made Dynomighty Products

Material Concepts' Customized Might Wallet®
Dynomighty is an American company based in Brooklyn that specializes in creating Tyvek® wallets and accessories. Since all Dynomighty products are made from Tvyek®, they are water resistant, tear resistant and lightweight. Dynomighty's extensive product line features the Mighty Wallet®, wristlets, billfolds, passport covers, stash bags (zippered 4"x4"x4" bags) and more.

Each product is available in a wide selection of stock designs created by Dynomighty. These designs are highly detailed and some use vibrant colors. In addition to being able to choose from Dynomighty's 100+ off-the-shelf designs, a Mighty Wallet® can be made with a customer's artwork. Check out the customized Mighty Wallet® with Material Concepts' logo.

The Mighty Wallet® features no stitches, which means it can easily convert from a slim and compact wallet to a larger, roomier wallet. All other products come in a standard size, but are flexible.

If you want to create your own products with Tyvek® material, Material Concepts would be happy to be your Tyvek® supplier. Just contact us for more information or call 215-338-6515 or 1-800-372-3366 for information or to buy Tyvek®. If you want to create your own products with Tyvek® material, Material Concepts would be happy to be your Tyvek® supplier. Just contact us for more information or call 215-338-6515 or 1-800-372-3366 for information or to buy Tyvek®.

Mighty Wallet® is a trademark of Dynomighty Design

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Tyvek Fashion Collection Color Impression by Agnieszka Sukiennik

Designer Agnieszka Sukiennik is featured again with new Tyvek® creations in her COLOR IMPRESSION collection. Like her previous creations, COLOR IMPRESSION features chic, modern shirts. Sukiennik told us that originality and impressionism were her inspirations for COLOR IMPRESSION because with this collection she "tried to catch this impression which is elusive, impression of vibrant colors."

Sukiennik said that COLOR IMPRESSION is her way of combating the lack of originality in clothing. She said:

I used to be against the trends, so when everything started to be printed and duplicated with thousands of copies, I wanted an original way to express myself in the fashion business so I created the hand painted collection COLOR IMPRESSION. I started with millions of sketches, design of female sweatshirts and skirts, and then I made abstract and colorful paintings on Tyvek®. The result is that each garment is original and the one and only, like all woman around us.

Sukiennik's Tyvek® fascination began years ago when she "fell in love with Tyvek® 1443R and then created a female dress collection called ILLUSTRATIONS IN MOTION with personal, printed illustrations."

Thanks to Agnieszka Sukiennik for sharing her innovative Tyvek® collection. She would like to give special thanks to the following people: photographers Alex Kaczkowska and Krystian Szczęsny, makeup and hair Paula Celińska, models Sara Sukiennik and Izabela Kobus, and dressmaker Inna Rek. All photos copyright Agnieszka Sukiennik, used with her permission.

Find out more about Agnieszka Sukiennik and COLOR IMPRESSION from these online sources:

If you want to use Tyvek® to create fashion designs, you can purchase many styles of Tyvek® online, including Tyvek® 1443R. And check out more information on all Soft Structure (Fabric-like) Tyvek®. For further assistance, please contact Material Concepts or call 215-338-6515.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Cool-Tubes Lamps Made With Tyvek®

Cool-Tubes night stand lamps
Following up on the initial success of their eponymous Hot-Tubes hot air recirculating product, Maine-based Hot-Tubes Corporation is now offering Cool-Tubes lighting. Cool-Tubes are now available through Kickstarter. Cool-Tubes are lighting systems with Tyvek® tubes as the "lamp shade", used as a night stand, table top or full ceiling length. These patent pending, innovative products are lightweight, use LED lights and are powered by household current or an optional 12v battery pack. They feature a removable solid native cherry and walnut base, so they can be easily converted to hanging lamps. The standard Cool Tubes products come in Tyvek® white, select solid colors, and they can be customized with other designs.

Cool-Tubes lighting is innovative in the materials used and lighting mechanism. Cool-Tubes utilize two types of Tyvek®, 1443R and 1025D. Bill Zelman, Cool-Tubes creator, told us that "when it comes to the 1443R versions, having a hanging lamp that you can scrunch into your pocket or overnight bag is pretty cool." As for the light controls, Zelman said that "besides the usual AC adapter, the lights can also be powered from any 12v source such as a cigarette lighter plug or battery."
Hanging Cool-Tubes

Cool-Tubes are currently available in 2 different sizes, 14" night stand, 35" table top, and will soon be available in 86" room height. According to Cool-Tubes' Kickstarter page,

The brightness of the night stand size is best described as accent lighting, but can be used as a bedside reading light if the shade design selected is not too dark. The table top size will provide some area room illumination and is a solid bed side or couch side table lamp, but is also in the accent lighting category. The warm white setting on all our lamps is dimmer than the bright / cool white.

Cool-Tubes table top lamp
All styles feature dimmable 16 color remote control LED lighting, so the light color can be varied. Additionally, Cool-Tubes can be customized with logos or marketing graphics to be used as a marketing tool.

All photos are used with permission. Special thanks to Bill Zelman for providing us with information.

Thinking about using Tyvek® material for your next project? If so, you can purchase many styles of Tyvek® online. Or for further assistance, please contact Material Concepts or call us at 215-338-6515.

DuPont™ and Tyvek® are trademarks or registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Tyvek Printing Innovative Uses

Looking for a way to jazz up a paper-based project? Print it on Tyvek! After reading a story about Tyvek being used as the medium for marks cards and certificates at Bangalore University and the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, we brainstormed some things that could be printed on Tyvek. Our top ideas include:
  • Diplomas
  • Award certificates
  • Sheet music
  • Playbooks
  • Wrapping paper
  • Recipes
  • Placemats
  • Scripts
  • Pictures/paintings/drawings
  • Blueprints
  • Clothing/costume designs
  • Concert/sporting event signs
  • Newsletters
  • Book covers
  • Runners race bibs
  • Flags/banners
  • Maps/directions
What do you think of these ideas? Comment below with your ideas!

Not sure of how to print on Tyvek? See our new Printing Processes for Tyvek Graphics Media web page, which provides good information on the Tyvek styles and printing processes. One easy way for small projects is inkjet printing on Tyvek sheets.
If you need Tyvek for your next project, you can purchase many styles of Tyvek® online. Or for further assistance, please contact Material Concepts or call us at 215-338-6515.

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