Tyvek Innovative Uses Blog, by Material Concepts

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tyvek Folded Light Art

Folding paper to create engaging shapes has been done by people all over the world for many years. Many people start out with turning a piece of paper into an airplane or crane. Others take it further with origami. Today, some designers are making functional items such as lamps out of the paper-like material Tyvek. One such creative individual is Jiangmei Wu, and she recently had her "incredibly intricate sculptures that glow from within" featured in a Gizmodo article.

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The technique Wu uses to create her masterpieces is quite unique. According to the Gizmodo articel, her technique "is the result of an impressive mix of old and new techniques; she designs patterns using Illustrator and AutoCAD that are then digitally creased by a vinyl cutter." When asked why she uses Tyvek, Wu told Material Concepts that "it took me a while to find the right type of material for my product.
I have ordered many samples from various companies and was very happy to find the material I need from you guys. I was looking for something that was durable and tear free and will be able to transmit light evenly. I was also looking for something that was rigid and yet foldable, just like paper. The structural Tyvek therefore becomes my ideal choice." It's amazing that Wu can look at a sheet of Tyvek and visualize how it can be made into a lamp, and then actually turn it into that lamp.

Wu's marvelous work has been featured in multiple exhibits . Her take on geometric figures is certainly one-of-a-kind. Her creations are a wonderful combination of glamor and sophistication. To see other works by Jiangmei Wu visit her website. The photos here were provided by Ms. Wu and used with permission.

If you want to create your own designs or 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.

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