Update 2: 29-10-2019
With textile research institute Aitex in HUB Valencia Studio Adaptive Skins will develop monofilaments with mixtures of sea plastics and sea-based materials (sea-weed). We will also look at the combination of alginate and dried sea-weeds. On 10-10-2019 Aitex presented a production demonstration at 2 of their facilities in Alcoy. The pictures underneath demonstrate the making process of the mono and nylon filaments. Inside the facility Studio Adaptive Skins will get the opportunity to analyse the steps of raw materials processing all the way towards the filaments. We can experiment with different materials and test the options. This process will be captured and explained step by step.
Photo @ Aitex
Update 1: 27-10-2019 - Adaptive Archi-Filament
With company Haratech in HUB Linz Studio Adaptive Skins will develop the ''ADAPTIVE ARCHI-FILAMENT''. This is a very exciting process to co-create on. It is the first time Jef Montes will develop an architectural filament. The properties of the filament need to be layered from the inner structure towards the outer structure of the filament. This will be done by the use of 3D printing techniques. The concept is to design and 3D print a filament that will unravel several layers by the use of rain. The idea behind this design is to create a filament that can be woven on the machine. The core of the filament will have many structures. These structures normally can never be woven on a machine. But the focus will be to surround these structures with a degradable smooth monofilament texture. Because of this technique the filament will be able to be woven. The picture underneath demonstrates the core idea of the filament.
Photo @ Haratech
One of the most important goals of the first stage of project Marinero is to create yarns. The sea-based yarns will be researched and developed in collaboration with scientists. My dream is to create sea-weed and byssus yarns that are usable for the TextileLab machines. The Re-FREAM network and Dutch national research universities will be great partners to work together with towards creating yarns. The recycled sea polluted plastics/monofilaments/nylons will be researched together with an international potential partner like for example Seaqual. The idea is also to focus on a future potential new plastic. Replacing for example the plastic monofilament - with a fishbone ( hybrid ) sustainable monofilament will be another future goal to realize. Next to that an option will be to work together with external yarn suppliers and the TextileLab yarn library. The whole process of the yarn development will be updated on this page.
Photo @ TextielLab