Tyvek Innovative Uses Blog, by Material Concepts

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tyvek Artwork - Manipulating Tyvek with heat


We came upon this amazing work of art on Kirsten Chursinoff's Flickr page.

Entitled, Anemone Tidepool I, Kirsten writes, "The sea anemone tentacles are made with threads sewn using water soluble material. Beads and French knots represent limpets and small rocks and shells. There are also pieces of melted Tyvek and melted synthetic felt. This is another impression of the green and purple anemones (aggregate anemones) scattered about the coast of BC, Canada. Marine life provides a huge wealth of inspiration for my textile art." (By the way, Kirsten has much more information on the above picture on her Flickr page specifically detailing the melted Tyvek)

We've seen a growing trend over a few years where Tyvek is being manipulated with the use of heat. Heating Tyvek is something we can not endorse for obvious safety reasons, however, it's clearly becoming a known practice among folks working with it artistically.

For example, on Joggles webpage on How to use Tyvek Tutorial, Joggles describes in great detail how to apply heat to Tyvek to create particular effects as seen on this example entitled "Tyvek Jester" by Barbara Strembicki.

At Material Concepts, we make every style of Tyvek available in small quantities and usually have end rolls and cut offs available at steep discounts. We are amazed by the incredible artistic talent displayed by Kirsten Chursinoff, and fascinated by the information provided by Barbara Strembicki of Joggles.com.

We have seen many others who incorporate melted Tyvek into their artwork. The results are unique and quite outstanding. I have to wonder who first discovered the effects of heating/distorting Tyvek....

C'est Magnifique!

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Blogger Kirsten Chursinoff said...

This is Great. I've enjoyed connecting with Barb through this. Thanks

January 12, 2009 at 3:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm SO happy to find your blog!!! I am a longtime fan of Tyvek, an OR nurse in my previous life, and a calligrapher... connect the dots and you find me... a nut about recycling tyvek and reusing it however I can! Winter 2007 I authored an article in Cloth, Paper, Scissors titled "My Take on Tyvek"... how cool is that?!? :D
LOVE the stuff and have been trying to get my hospital to recycle it, as there are literally tons of it thrown out everyday (across the country, as it's used in hospitals everywhere on the back of sterile items... why am I telling you this... I KNOW you know this!). Thanks for showing the work of mixed media artists using this awesome material. We need to talk! I'm off to read further on your site...

January 13, 2009 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger lindacreates said...

I came across your website looking to purchase Tyvek for these exact purposes. Tyvek is a great resource when making art for use in cards, art quilts, and more. It is wonderful to know there is a supplier that acknowledges our needs.

January 24, 2009 at 1:56 AM  
Blogger CAROLYN SAXBY said...

Thank you for contacting me on my blog: www.carolynsaxby.blogspot.com

I am very happy for you to use my pictures to extol the virtues of Tyvek. I love to use Tyvek in my work. Such interesting textures and effects can be achieved by heating, manipulating and distressing this versatile product!

It is one of my favourite techniques and to anyone who has never tried it before - give it a go. You will have such fun!


February 7, 2009 at 2:59 AM  

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