Post - Vlisco
Since 1846, Dutch textile brand Vlisco has created colourful wax prints popular in Central and West Africa. The complex, traditional production technique and Vlisco’s high standards mean that a lot of fabric ends up on the scrap heap. After extensive material research, Simone Post gave new life to these exceptional leftovers by designing a series of interior products. With folding and laser cutting, she creates patterned cloth panels to divide and accentuate spaces. Other misprints are wound into circular rugs or shaped into seat covers. With endless possible colour combinations, a unique product arises every time. In this way, waste can gain real value.
Here you can see some of the experiments of this extensive material research. For this research I used several starting points and criteria:
- Vlisco’s textile prints are true art works. So, whatever was to be the solution to the ‘waste’ could not focus on these prints. Those interested in the printed fabrics, have the possibility of buying the original cloth.
- The use of the waste material should address a new market. It should not compete with the Vlisco textile or fashion market.
- I felt it was very important that the way the material was going to be treated should create new application possibilities. I wanted to work with the textiles in such a way that my end products would have properties very different from the originals.
- Being a big fan of the Vlisco prints, I wanted the end products to show the beautiful quality of Vlisco’s cloth with its deep and bold colours and colour combinations.