Everyday Materials


The “inventor” of the cotton sewing thread was Henna Wilkinson from Rhode Island in 1793, who was the first American woman to ever gain a patent in her country. The thread she used did not sew very well, but she did become credited as the inventor of the cotton sewing thread. While Wilkinson is the accredited patent inventor, thread has existed since early humans have first sewn clothing.
Thread can be either animal, plant, or synthetic, depending on the origin. The process of making thread involves the material being twisted with two or more plys of yarn.
The cotton fibers used in thread are biodegradable, yet different manufacturers can integrate nonorganic aspects into their thread such as polyester.

Sewing fabric together
Mending tears in fabric
Adding and securing buttons
Retaining ink used for tattooing


In 1755, Charles Frederick Wiesenthal, was awarded the first British patent for a sewing needle with an eye at one end. However, like thread, needles had been around since ancient times, typically having been made out of bone or wood, unlike modern needles which are typically made from carbon steel wire and are nickel or 18k gold-plated to combat corrosion.
In the tenth century, needle making experienced a breakthrough with the arrival of high-quality steelmaking technology, with a process known as drawing.
For modern needles, while they are typically made out of materials that are perfectly capable of being recycled, to throw away needles such as medical or syringe needles, they must be disposed of by putting the needles face down in a labeled container for sharp objects or blades.



Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil replaced tin in 1910, when the first aluminum foil rolling plant in Switzerland. The aluminum foil replaced tin foil after World War II due to being cheaper and more durable.
The process of making aluminum foil involves constantly casting the aluminum onto a roller, with beta radiation used to make sure the foil is at the desired thickness, which can be adjusted by the pressure given by the rollers.
Some aluminum foil products can be recycled at around 5 percent the original energy cost, however, many laminates aren’t recycled due to difficulties in separating the components and the low yield of aluminum metal.
Electrical Resistivity
Thermal Conductivity

Storing food
Shape retention
Heat conductor
Packaging food



Habitat, is, by definition, the natural environment of an organism, or the place that is natural for the life and growth of an organism. A habitat must be able to sustain the life of the organism living in it and encourage the growth of the same organism. A habitat should be where an organism is able to thrive and properly grow without inhibition from the very habitat the organism lives in.

I personally don’t believe that I have a single habitat where I can grow and thrive. I find that my habitat exists in what I create around myself. The relationships I make, the art I create, and the feelings that I experience are all part of my habitat because I do not have a single physical habitat where I survive and thrive. I don’t feel like there is a place in this world where my life is being sustained and my growth is encouraged, except for when I create that place for myself. I feel as if my habitat exists when I build it around myself.

About Me

There are flies in my room. A lot of them. You know the kind; the small, really fast ones, the kind that shows up on your fruit if you leave them outside the refrigerator, especially in the Summer. They’re in my bathroom and my bedroom, and I don’t know how they got here, but I’m not too bothered by it. They’re not constantly buzzing in my face or on my food or coffee, it’s just annoying because I think there’s a lot of them.

I almost feel like it’s a reflection of myself. I barely stay home and I go outside everyday, in fact, ever since the start of school, I’ve been home even less due to commuting. My room is a mess and I don’t find a home here. I feel like these flies have made themselves more at home than I have actually. I honestly don’t think it’s fair. These flies have wings, and no matter how much I want to fly, these flies are able to while I never can. But instead of flying outside to wherever they choose, they decide to live in my room instead.