why would I make lampshades when actually fashion accessories are my product line?
Nowadays this is called U p c y c l i n g.
A new term. The idea is in no way new.
Basically I am a creative and practical person. I do not like waste.
I have made new products out of old ones, of leftovers, of torn and broken pieces, of overproduction – you name it.
This I have done all my life.
I also love to take industrial material and use it in a completly different context.
Many of my low-tech creations have been in use for years.
It was therefore nothing special that I asked my producers in Italy to send me every piece of silk that they cut off when finishing the printed scarves.
Quite a bit of fabric gets lost during the digital printing process. About a meter is lost when printing begins (see picture) and then, at a certain point, one piece of fabric ends and the next starts.
The pieces are stitched together to assure continuous printing.
That ending never makes a full scarf.
So I asked myself what I could do with those pieces of printed silk.
Once I had seen digitally printed lampshades.
I did some research to find a supplier for what I needed to make lampshades.
Experimenting was necessary.
It is a challenge to bring a delicate silk fabric onto a stiff and sticky foil so that the fabric, once it sticks to the foil, keeps its rectangular structure.
It is possible. See my results!
My lampshade collection is very limited. I do keep some lampshades in stock.
Normally I make the lampshades on order depending on motive and size requested by the customer.
Of course I only work with my motives