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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Stunning Tyvek Dress from Anna Loosli

Anna Loosli Tyvek Dress close-upAnna Loosli created a stunning white Tyvek dress for The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's 2016 fashion show. In her own words, Loosli describes her design and material selection:
As part of our project for the 2016 fashion show at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for the schools, 150th year anniversary, I had to create a design using non-conventional materials. It was especially important in my choice of materials since this year’s fashion show was held at the Garfield Conservatory in Chicago where there was heat, water and humidity. I had to use a fabric that would not have a reaction to or be affected by any of these factors. It also needed to have the texture, feel and color I was looking for to create my design. Researching many materials, I came across Tyvek 1443R from Material Concepts where the description of Tyvek - lightweight, water resistant, breathable, tear resistant, flexible and easy to sew - was perfect for what I required. It also came in white which is the color I was looking for to use on my garment.

The peony flower was the inspiration for my garment. The peony is called the "King of the Flowers" as it is considered a symbol of beauty in many countries. It is also the preferred flower of many wedding ceremonies. I also found that the use of this flower with its large petals and different shapes can add drama and excitement to my design. The design and use of the hood or cage was to give my garment a feel of a garden setting. In the construction of my garment, the skirt was made almost completely from Tyvek 1443R as well as the corset and flowers.

Tyvek Soft Structure Style 1443R was an excellent choice of material by Loosli as its fabric-like qualities show very well and its whiteness is striking in her design, as the photos clearly illustrate. And it works very well for the intricacies of the flowers in the dress too. Loosli's dress design shows how fashion designers continue to innovate with how Tyvek is used in their creative works. Thanks to Anna for providing the photos, used with permission.

Tyvek 1443 can be purchased online from Material Concepts in 60 inch wide rolls of 10 yards, 50 yards, and 100 yards and a few other sizes, colors and styles. Or contact Material Concepts for more information.

Anna Loosli White Tyvek Dress

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Tyvek Wedding Dress - Bella the Bride - Made From Re-Purposed Tyvek

Sterilization packaging manufacturer Beacon Converters, Inc. commissioned Bella The Bride's wedding gown to encourage the healthcare industry to look at discarded medical packaging waste as a resource and not garbage. Created by artist and environmental educator Nancy Judd, Bella’s gown is made from re-purposed Tyvek and the latest addition to the Recycle Runway Collection, a traveling exhibit of Eco Couture Fashion made out of trash.

The gown demonstrates the importance of recycling discarded waste, in this case healthcare packaging, which otherwise would have been sent to a landfill. Bella’s pure white gown is pieced and sewn out of discarded medical grade Tyvek styles. Tyvek was selected because of its ability to be recycled or recovered for re-purposing - it is a clean, flexible, sterilizable material with specific medical grades widely used in medical device packaging. Beacon took Bella on tour and invited healthcare professionals and other members of the industry to participate in the creation of the dress by crafting one or more handmade flowers out of discarded medical grade Tyvek.

Tyvek apparel and fashion design is a quite popular as the Tyvek material lends itself well to new and innovative applications of this versatile material. Contact Material Concepts for more information.

Flowers were affixed to the dress in a Sewing Circle with Recycle Runway's, Nancy Judd.

Award for Flowers that were Realistic to Nature

Award for Flowers that were Intricate in Design

Award for Flowers that were Creatively Expressive

Bella The Bride on Display

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Tyvek Fashion by Samantha Plasencia Wins Award

Samantha Plasencia is a fashion designer from Texas who is using Tyvek in her latest collection that was featured in a runway show at this year's Austin Fashion Week (AFW). Plasencia's work won the 2016 Bernina Fashion Fund award at AFW. Samantha designs urban / casual separates, including jackets, tops, shorts and pants that were shown at AFW. She has been on the Lifetime TV series "Project Runway" in its season 13 show. Samantha currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Samantha purchases the Tyvek for these designs from Material Concepts and uses Tyvek style 1443R, which is a soft Tyvek / Tyvek fabric material. Each piece portrays something from the 90s that Samantha remembers growing up.

She painted each piece of clothing shown below herself, except the last two that are unpainted. Many thanks to Samantha for providing these photos, used with permission.

Tyvek continues to grow in popularity as a material used by innovative, creative designers. Material Concepts provides Tyvek rolls to many fashion designers - just contact Material Concepts or via phone: 215-338-6515 or 1-800-372-3366 or buy Tyvek online.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Tyvek Papercut Art from Beatrice Coron

One of Material Concepts' best artist customers is Beatrice Coron, who does a lot of Tyvek papercut art. She has been featured in two previous blog posts for her innovative papercutting work using Tyvek materials. Beatrice recently sent these photos of two new works done using Black Tyvek from Material Concepts.

The first one is titled A.R.T. with each letter is about 44 inches tall and wide, cut black Tyvek.

The second one is called Inkyxote (about Inky the Octopus and Don Quixote). Each figure is about 10 by 9 inches, also cut black Tyvek. Beatrice provides this description: "Keeping the passion while escaping the situation."

Both photos are copyright 2016 Beatice Coron, used here with permission.
View Coron's full gallery of paper art and check out her schedule of exhibits and public art installations to see her art in person.

Coron was previously featured here in a Tyvek Innovative Uses Blog post about her Tyvek cape and mentioned a a post about paper cutting artists.

Thank you to Beatrice Coron for sending here latest work and photos. Material Concepts provides Black Tyvek and traditional unprinted white Tyvek rolls to many artists, and Material Concepts may be able to provide expert recommendations on the Tyvek style that will work best. Just contact Material Concepts or via phone: 215-338-6515 or 1-800-372-3366.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Tyvek Scenery Scrolls at Red Herring Puppets

Lisa Sturz, Artistic Director at Red Herring Puppets provides the following on how she creates scenery scrolls for productions using Tyvek from Material Concepts. Red Herring Puppets is an award winning national touring company based in Asheville, North Carolina specializing in curriculum-based edu-tainment. Lisa Sturz has worked with Jim Henson Productions, Walt Disney Imagineering, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Asheville Symphony, and many more. She has used long Tyvek scrolls for several of her productions.

Many thanks to Lisa for sending us the photos and descriptions of some productions in action. All photos used with her permission. Visit the Red Herring Puppets website to find out more.

From Red Herring Puppets production of "The Big Dipper: Calendar, Compass & Clock". This scene scrolls by as we hear the traditional song "Follow the Drinking Gourd" to show how the Big Dipper can be used as a compass. The scene is painted by C.J. Randall using acrylics.

Red Herring Puppets Tyvek Scenery 1

The next three images are from Red Herring Puppets production of "Little One-Inch". The scenery is painted by Lisa Sturz using Japanese Sumi-e ink.

Red Herring Puppets Tyvek Scenery 2

Red Herring Puppets Tyvek Scenery 3

Red Herring Puppets Tyvek Scenery 4

The last two scenes are from "My Grandfather’s Prayers", drawn by Lisa Sturz and Emily Bader with Sumi-e ink and transparent water colors. This one is backlit and photographed from the front.

Red Herring Puppets Tyvek Scenery 7

This scene is lit from behind with shadow figures.

Red Herring Puppets Tyvek Scenery 6

To see the Tyvek scenery scrolls in action, view the video from The Big Dipper: Calendar, Compass, & Clock.

Thanks again Lisa Sturz and Red Herring Puppets for providing the info on this innovative use of Tyvek as scrolling scenery. Material Concepts provides Tyvek rolls to many theaters that are used for scenery. In this case, Red Herring Puppets used Tyvek style 1073D. Whatever the application, Material Concepts can always provide expert recommendations on the Tyvek style that will work best. Just contact Material Concepts or via phone: 215-338-6515 or 1-800-372-3366.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Tyvek Big Book for Peace Completed

In a previous post on this Tyvek Innovative Uses blog, the project Big Book: Pages for Peace was described, in which the Bookmakers and Dreamers Club, students from Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts recently completed making the biggest book in the world on the topic peace. They made the Big Book entirely of DuPont™ Tyvek®.

DuPont donated the Tyvek material for the project - Tyvek Graphics style 8740D. Material Concepts did the converting of the huge Tyvek master roll into 15 smaller rolls and donated the cost of the shipping to the project group.

According to DuPont's press release and information on the Big Book: Pages for Peace website, the book is now completed! As the press release describes, the book contains "over 1,100 pages with 3,500 pieces of artwork, letters, quotes and messages of peace from such notable contributors as Nelson Mandela, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Maya Angelou, measures 12 feet tall by 10 feet wide – 20 feet when open."

If you are thinking of a project - big or small - in which Tyvek would be a good material to use, contact Material Concepts via phone: 215-338-6515 or 1-800-372-3366 to buy some Tyvek material.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Tyvek Puppet Theater - Unfolding at UConn

Photo credit: Adam Lobelson
A puppet theater production with everything made from Tyvek? For two weekends in September 2015, that's exactly what happened at the University of Connecticut, where Margarita Blush and the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry presented Unfolding, an original puppet theater production.

According to Professor Blush,
Unfolding is an original puppet theatre production that examines the themes of women's wisdom and empowerment. The show features hand-crafted puppets, live acting, unique scenography, and composed music.

The visual inspiration for the show comes from paper art: pop-up books, origami, paper sculpture, paper installations, and many more.

The idea was to create the puppets, scenography and costumes primarily out of paper (or paper-like materials). Through our research, my designer (Dimitar Dimitrov) and I discovered Tyvek. Tyvek has recently gained a lot of popularity in the world of puppet theatre. Yet, Unfolding uses Tyvek in a way that has not been done to this point – the entire production is made with and out of Tyvek! Tyvek provided us with so many amazing qualities – it is very durable, it creates and holds very interesting shapes, it has a beautiful “glow” under theatre lighting, it can be painted, its fiber texture is gorgeous when lit from behind in shadow sequences, different kinds of Tyvek can be used for different things – set, costumes, puppets, it is very light. An added benefit was the Fire Marshall’s approval of the fire resistant qualities of the material!

Overall – it was an amazing material to work with and we are very proud and inspired by our original and unique use of Tyvek!

Professor Blush and UConn purchased the Tyvek materials from Material Concepts, and the Tyvek styles used were 1443R, 1622E, 10GX.

Thank you to Professor Blush for providing the background and insights on the production and the uses of Tyvek; her comments are used with permission. Photos from Adam Lobelson and Robert Blush were also provided and used with permissions; photo credits provided.

Thinking of making puppets or doing a theater production and want to use Tyvek? Material Concepts' product specialists are available during business hours to assist with the selection of Tyvek styles for any use. For more information via phone call 215-338-6515 or 1-800-372-3366, or buy Tyvek online.

Photo credit: Adam Lobelson

Photo credit: Adam Lobelson

Photo credit: Adam Lobelson

Photo credit:Robert Blush

Photo credit:Robert Blush

Photo credit:Robert Blush

Photo credit: Adam Lobelson

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