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Upcycling textiles with lasertechnology

Kate Goldsworthy gave a 2-days workshop at the Textile museum in Tilburg. We got an introduction to upcycling techniques for recycled synthetic textiles using the Graphixscan laser. We learned about the different settings and effects one can achieve on all kinds of fabrics and experimented with varied methods including transer printing, laminating, bonding, marquetry and surface etching for pattern creation. We wanted to learn about lasertechnology so we could use this technique for creating the pattern on Aurora, one of the lights of Sleeping beauty.

Here you see the Graphixscan busy lasering. On the right is a sample made with cut-out, lasering and transfer printing; materials are tule, shiny and matt polyester fabric.

the Graphixscan busy lasering
cut-out, lasering, tule, transfer printing, shiny and matt fabric

Here is a combination of lasering, etching and bonding techniques. Materials used are polyester satin, metalic foil and fleece. One can really create nice structures through etching.

a combination of lasering, etching and bonding
This is transfer printing combined with lasering, laminating and melting. The groundfabric is a metalic foil, with satinlook polyester on top and finished with an interfacing.

transfer printing, lasering, laminating, melting