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MaDe Winner

Magdalena Sophie Orland

Phasellus viverra

I am a textile designer with a special focus on experimental material research and the development of innovative technologies. I´m particularly interested in interdisciplinary contexts, craftsmanship and the interface between traditional manufacturing techniques and contemporary interpretations. To implement my conceptual projects by myself is as important to me as finding inspiration in different traditions. The role of textile design within social topics is an essential part of my concepts, as is working with unconventional materials. 

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Material Qualities
Colour: Red and violet tones
Soft/Hard: soft, if wire is added, harder
Shiny/Matt: Both possible depending on polishing
Smells: Natural latex smell that disappears after a while
Texture: Perforated surfaces, nubs, variety of haptic experiences
Others: translucent and particularly transparent --> background plays an important role. Variety of patterns on the surface. If used wire in a sample it gots flexible dynamic.
Material Recipe
My raw material for the MaDe workshop is lace. For this purpose I have mainly dealt with the specific properties of lace and - based on this- have made material experiments with natural latex. The experiments are divided into 2 groups:
Pouring and extrusion, plus processing with wire.
Lace = perforated surface, transparent or translucent, empty and filled spaces, background plays an important role

- 100 ml natural latex
- 1-5 drops food colour
- for more stability and less stretch: 1 spoon saw dust
- for dynamics: copper wire
Material Application
- Fashion design: haute couture or if used partially for ready to wear pieces
- Technical textiles: processed with with conductive wire lace becomes animatable or heatable
- Interior textiles: room dividers, curtains, furniture
- Jewellery
- Theatre and film costumes
Material Method
1 - pour latex into a container
2 - add food colours and stir by turning, beware of air bubbles
3 - leave the container for a while to eliminate last air bubbles
4 - add other ingredients such as saw dust (it´s important not to add too much solid material,
otherwise latex will be binded directly, first liquid, then solid)
5 - fill latex into syringe
6 - extrude on a carrier material or yarn grid (baking paper below)
optionally add wire
7 - allow to dry
8 - remove the sample and powder all sides with talcum powder, otherwise it sticks
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5 - coat the silicone mould with silicone fat as a seperating medium
6 - pour natural latex into the silicone mould
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Material Narrative
The material natural latex is extracted from rubber plants. With a few additives it becomes an extremly elastic and resilient material. Natural latex is pourable and extrudable which makes it particularly suitable for the production of contemporary lace. For the textile and fashion industry its strong elasticity is a positive aspect. In combination wih other natural materials latex offers a wide range of experiments that allow the typical appearance of latex goods to be skipped and visually redefined. Due to its transparency lace is a material that has a lot of expression and inspires the observer to make his/her own associations.
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MaDe, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Union, aims at boosting talents towards circular economies across Europe partnering with design and cultural institutions, Elisava, Ma-tt-er and Politecnico di Milano.

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