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Monday, December 19, 2016

Tessellating Tyvek Lanterns from Helen Hiebert Studio

Tessellating Tyvek Lanterns were created by Helen Hiebert and are featured in her 2017 Twelve Months of Paper calendar and in Day 13 of the 25 Days of Paper. You might be wondering - what is tessellation? According to Wikipedia, "A tessellation of a flat surface is the tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps." As you can see from the photos, the accordion folds on surfaces of Hiebert's Tyvek lanterns can be described as displaying 3D tessellation.

Helen Hiebert is a Vail Colorado based paper artist with 25 years of experience, including making paper projects, teaching workshops, films, and five how-to books on papermaking. Visit Helen Hiebert Studio online for more information about Hiebert and her work.

As described on her website, Hiebert comments on the use of Tyvek to make these lanterns:
Tyvek is one of those wonder materials. It acts like paper, but is water resistant and virtually tear-proof. It folds really well too. It comes in white and you can stain it with acrylic paint, watercolor or ink. As you can see, I stained both sides of the Tyvek for these lanterns.

The 2017 Twelve Months of Paper calendar is available for sale, and the she ran a Kickstarter campaign (now ended) that successfully funded the project with 144 backers. Visit her Kickstarter campaign page to see more about all the paper projects featured in the calendar, including a video.

Many thanks to Helen for providing the information and photos used here with her permission.

Helen Hiebert is also a Material Concepts' customer and is one of many artists that purchase Tyvek from Material Concepts. Paper-like Tyvek styles and Fabric-like Tyvek styles can be purchased online or contact Material Concepts for more information and assistance with selecting the Tyvek style that will be best suited for a specific project.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Wearable Shelter Made With Tyvek

Wearable Tyvek Coat
Interior design students at the Royal College of Art in London did a design project to create a wearable shelter - a coat that turns into a sleeping bag and a tent, intended for refugees and inspired by the recent large number of Syrian refugees. According to Anne Sophie Geay, a student who worked on this project, the design has three functions:
  • It can be worn as a coat complete with a zipper, including large pockets for important items, such as passports and personal documents
  • When laid out it forms a sleeping bag
  • The insertion of lightweight kite-rods into specific seams transforms it into a temporary dwelling - a tent that can house up to 4 people
The material used was Tyvek style 1422R, which is very similar to Tyvek style 1443R that is offered by Material Concepts, insulated with Mylar (another product from DuPont). Wearable Tyvek Jacket with Pockets The Tyvek material was suggested to the project group by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), who provided insight into the challenges faced by refugees fleeing conflict in Syria. This Tyvek fabric-like was selected because it is a strong, breathable, and highly water resistant material.

This design is not currently in production; they are looking for manufacturing partners and donations. It will be exhibited at Design Dubai Week, October 24 - 29, 2016.

Thanks to Anne Sophie Geay at the Royal College of Art in London for providing the photos and the details about the project, used with permission.

Tyvek material can work very well when used for new and innovative applications of this versatile material, as demonstrated by this wearable shelter and coat. Fabric-like Tyvek styles can be purchased online or Contact Material Concepts for more information.

Wearable Tyvek Tent

Wearable Tyvek Sleeping Bag

Wearable Tyvek Design Work

Wearable Tyvek Collage

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Tyvek Used in "Kubo and the Two Strings" Animated Film from LAIKA

Kubo and the Two Strings, a 3D animated stop-action film in which Tyvek was used in the creation of its stop motion figures. The movie was produced by LAIKA, makers of the Academy Award-nominated animated movie Coraline. Kubo and the Two Strings is the story of a "young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past," according to IMBD.com. This movie is in theaters right now and features the voices of Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro, Rooney Mara and Matthew McConaughey.

So how does Tyvek fit into Kubo and the Two Strings? Via Laika and their public relations agency, MBC Communications, they provided the information on how Tvyek was used in the film. The production notes that were provided describe how Tyvek was utilized:
16,725 feet of Tyvek paper was used.

According to Costume Designer Deborah Cook, "We used a lot of Tyvek [the high-density polyethylene fiber material so often used in building construction] underneath fabrics as well, because it has the dimpled surface of an older, richer fabric and resembles crumpled silk. We also used actual silks that were very fine grade so that the surface weave of the fabric looked good in our scale; these too had to be weighted and bulk out underneath."

Brad Shiff was the Animation Supervisor for the film. What with loose flowing costumes and long hair for many characters, Schiff's team of animators found new challenges on Kubo and the Two Strings. He remarks, "There is a reason that costumes on stop-motion puppets are always tight-fitting and that's because tight-fitting is easy to control. Loose-fitting has a tendency to do weird things in our scale. It's a testament to our puppet makers, riggers, and animators all working together with the costume department that this was pulled off. We were able to handle and manipulate the kimonos without them – or the puppets wearing them – going out of control. There were tiny rigs on all the puppets to help the animators achieve the most subtle of movements."

Six different materials were used as backings in Kubo's sleeves so that they could fold precisely where and as needed; origami patterns were used in the sleeves design so that they would always hang the same way when his arms were down. Sheets of Tyvek ... needed to be crumpled and un-crumpled exactly 15 times to create the required flexibility.
Many thanks to LAIKA and MBC Communications for providing the information and the photos, used here with permission.

Behind the Scenes of Kubo and the Two Strings Video

Kubo and the Two Strings - Official Trailer

Tyvek is often used by innovative, creative people in many and varied ways. Material Concepts provides Tyvek rolls to many of them - just contact Material Concepts or via phone: 215-338-6515 or 1-800-372-3366 or buy Tyvek online.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tyvek Aircraft Flies at Boston Red Bull Flugtag Competition

Gusdave and the Whiteheads Tyvek Glider in flight front view
A human powered glider made with Tyvek by Gusdave and the Whiteheads was flown at the Red Bull Flugtag competition from the banks of the Charles River in Boston on August 20, 2016. The Connecticut based five-member team selected Tyvek as the wing and tail material to create the CONNDOR flying machine, and placed 6th out of 29 competitors at the event.

Gusdave and the Whiteheads are aviation enthusiasts with a broad range of talents that include engineering, architecture, and puppet design. They are also historical contrarians, and the flying machine they created pays tribute to and was inspired by Gustave Whitehead, whose aircraft named the Condor is said to have made a successful flight in Connecticut in 1901, 2 years before the Wright Brothers.

To construct this glider, a important consideration was the choice of materials to be used for wing webbing. Gustave's original 1901 machine used silk for the wings; Gusdave and the Whiteheads used Tyvek instead of silk in their CONNDOR plane. They considered silk, cloth, tarps, and sailboat canvas.
Gusdave and the Whiteheads Tyvek Glider in flight side view
Jeff Jahnke, a team member and professional architect knew that Tyvek was a very strong material that was light weight and might provide the solution the team was looking for. Jeff was able to obtain a sample of Tyvek and the team conducted tensile tests and concluded it would be strong enough to withstand the forces assumed by the glider as it took flight from a ramp before plunging into the river.

The team said that the Tyvek was easy to cut and manipulate and was used to flesh out two wings, the tail section, and it provided a substrate for signatures and sponsor logos along the walls of the transport cart. The sheets of Tyvek were wrapped along the leading edge of the wings and fuselage and and tail spars made from super strong Calcutta Bamboo posts. Along each wing rib, a duct tape grommet was created that allowed a zip tie to poke through and secure the Tyvek to the post. Additional cabling was necessary to ensure the wings wouldn't fold due to the pressure.

Gusdave and the Whiteheads Tyvek Glider Build Session Dave (Gusdave) Mourad was the CONNDOR pilot and the aircraft placed in the top six in overall score. The flying distance was hampered by strong wind conditions and a limitation on velocity of the pier, but the glider descended smoothly and safely achieving a distance of 36 feet, better than average for the day. The unique rustle and whipping sounds of the vibrating Tyvek enhanced the drama of the glide, and the eventual plummet into the Charles River.

Many thanks to Dave Mourad for providing the information and the photos, used with permission. This is a truly unique use for Tyvek, highlighting the some of the key capabilities and physical properties of the Tyvek material in a very creative manner! And while Tyvek Home Wrap, donated by a  Connecticut contractor, was used for this project, a white unprinted paper-like hard Tyvek material style would be a good choice for a similar project. Material Concepts provides Tyvek rolls for many unique and innovative projects - contact Material Concepts or via phone: 215-338-6515 or 1-800-372-3366 or buy Tyvek online.

Gusdave and the Whiteheads For more information on topics related to this Tyvek aircraft and the competition, check out these resources:

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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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