Monday, December 14, 2009
Digging in the trash
New group of scrap dolls and toys, made from fabric scraps I have collected on the streets of my neighborhood .
There are many sewing workshops in my neighborhood (as I have already mentioned in the past); actually, these are not exactly sewing workshops, but the workshops where fabrics are cut. I don't know where the clothes themselves are sewn, but I'm surprised that there is still some sort of textile industry here in Tel Aviv, where real estate prices have been steadily increasing, and companies keep transferring to China the few assembly lines that are still in operation here.Anyway, those workshops throw away dozens of huge scrap sacks every night. The hard work is to pick out only upcyclable scraps – those that come in reasonable sizes and nice colors (for some reason, most of the fabrics are black); otherwise, my house would be full of useless scraps.Workshops and classes I have to conduct always serve as a wonderful excuse for digging in the trash, playing with those scraps, and coming up with new characters and designs I would never think of otherwise. Creating this bunch of creatures was a long process, in which I had tried a few different techniques for dolls and other toys, until I came up with the idea of creating those.
The process of creating samples for workshops forces me to think about the all process of creating and what kind of experience would it be. It should be impressive but something that people will enjoy to make as well. It is difficult.
These creatures were made by wrapping strips of fabric on top of each other, so that besides the facial features, no sewing is required. There is no stuffing at all, since the shapes were created by the wrapping, and they are made of 100% upcycled fabrics. Using this technique, I had already created my marionette heads, and this time wished to use it for something new. Here are the results:
play balls can be created as well.