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Jrumchai Singalavanij’s new technique transforms waste from the textile industry into a usable material and addresses a very real problem.  More than one million tons of textiles are thrown away in the UK every year, and only a small proportion is recycled – the rest makes up a large proportion of current landfill sites.

“His project started from a commitment to peaceful happiness which led him to a belief that a non-violent attitude to the entire ecosystem is fundamental to life and design. I chose to recycle scrap from the textile industry. Jrumchai worked with the ragged selvedge of woven woollen cloth, which is cut off at the loom and generally discarded. He then developed a unique process to transform the waste into new kind of material, then let the unusual quality of the new material inspire suitable woven structures.”

“The methodology used in the practice was based on the principle of sustainability. For instance, with an awareness of energy and water consumption, He chose to use the original colours of the waste instead of  changing their colours by dyeing or printing on top. In recognition of waste management, natural and synthetic materials were not mixed together. The process is environmentally friendly: only bio-degradable substances, like starch, were used.

Jrumchai seriously thought about how my design can convey the notion of long-term contentment in a simple life. I decided to avoid unnecessary decoration and chose designs that show the intrinsic characteristics of the materials. Therapeutic quality was another important value added through my work, which invites one to touch and feel, and brings a smile to one’s face.”



If you have been following the Textile Arts Center’s events you may have noticed that it is obsessed with Bags for the People

Bags for the People is a non-profit organization that is reducing the use of plastic bags through sewing workshops.  These workshops are designed to educate communities on green environmental practices though creative thought.  By using donated fabrics from donated bolts, old clothing, and scraps one will sew their own reusable tote.  If you don’t know how to sew that’s ok because BFTP provides knowledgable instructors to help with basic sewing skills and tote bag patterns.

All over NYC you see stray plastic bags.  In the parks, on the sidewalks, gutters, subways, everywhere…  Furthermore, plastic bags are not an easily degradable substance.  Conventional polyethylene plastic bags do not biodegrade, however they do photo-degrade, breaking down into tiny toxic particles which can be even more harmful to the environment.  So Bags of the People have made it their mission to correct this terrible wrong.

Bags for the People was started in 2009 by 3 friends who worked at the Union Square Farmers Market and observed an unethical waste of plastic bags.   They began to hold these sewing mini workshops in the market and it took off.  The organization now collaborates with art institutes bringing their mission straight to the creative pods.

Recently, Bags for the People has secured sponsorship from Mood.  Mood will now be providing fabrics for their workshops.  Their next workshop is this Friday at the Textile Arts Center from 6pm-9pm, another in their series of workshops at the Textile Arts Center.  Only with help are we able to reduce the problem.

For more information on the plastic bag problem and how BFTP is helping to resolve it visit the BFTP website.