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  • Yi Hsuan Sung

  • Agar Textiles

    Textiles (MFA)

    Agar Textiles
    In my thesis project, Agar Textiles, I made a conscious attempt to bridge art, nature, science, and technology to create sustainable non-polluting material systems. With an eye on sustainability and a desire to have an impact on the fashion world through materials innovation, I combined handcraft and high tech. Nature — which leaves behind no pollutants in the process of creation, function, and discarding — and the timeless beauty of flowers in fashion were inspirations for my capstone thesis project. Agar Textiles challenged me to delve deeply into materials research involving agar and the upcycling of waste materials.. For my project, I invented several new systems for making modular textiles that could be fashioned into garments and interior textiles. While I experimented and perfected the material development with agar as the primary polymer and repurposed food waste to produce dyes (to color the agar), I also invented molds using 3D printing technology to create shapes and forms out of the biomaterial. I created different systems to produce agar yarn, agar fabric, and agar embellishments. The outstanding feature of these Agar Textiles is the fact that they are completely biodegradable and neither their production process nor their disposal harms the environment.
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