Material Connexion – Journal Entry

8456-02 Polymers

My initial gravitation towards this material was due to the recognizable Nike logo. It was simple and understated in composition compared to a lot of the other materials that stole most of peoples attention. As I began to feel the fabric, moving it back and forth I realized the logo was stitched out of a reflective thread, leaving me curious to stay and read this particular board. It is called Retroreflective yarn and is a monofilament fine denier colourless thread made up of 100% nylon. The surface of the yarn is covered in half-silvered “microbeads”. These microbeads reflect direct light off of the yarn, making it a desired material for embroidery within the footwear, accessory, and clothing industries.


7417-01 Polymers

This was the first material I spotted when I turned into its row. From a far it looked like a colour scale with some sort of dimensional texture. It was one of the many materials that you were able to interact with, plush and moveable. It resembled long hair carpet fabric, something everyone is familiar with. I began to wonder whether if this material came in the form of the colour scale/grid or if they were simply just samples of each colour available. The yarn is called nylon 6 bulk continuous filament, made entirely from recycled sources using an air texturizing process. The yarn is constructed using a recycling process called “depolymerization”, where they deconstruct plastics into its original individual components. Similar to how I first imagined, the yarn is commonly used for carpets, rugs, upholstery, automotive interiors, and trunk liners.


7578-01 Naturals

Similar to the rest of the materials, I gravitated towards this board due its texture and interactive potential. I love natural colours and materials, things that can be incorporated in spaces while alluding to the outdoors. This material is hand-picked Scandinavian Reindeer Moss, used for sound absorbing panels. The plush, variating texture of the moss’s surface makes it possible for the panels to absorb sound from all directions. The moss’s natural colour and texture is preserved using different types of salts and pigments. Scandinavian Reindeer Moss panels are used by interior designers within commercial and/or residential projects.

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