Betty Norling, a fashion student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Architecture, Design and Conservation in Copenhagen, has invented a “textile” out of chipboard. She wrote me a couple of weeks ago about alternative textile production since she’d just had a course where they examined different materials. She had chosen to work with particle boards; partly because of it’s non-existence in fashion, but also since it’s cheap to produce and environmentally residual. In short you can say she’ve replaced conventional, toxic glue with natural binders, not concealing the chip but using it to it’s advantage.
I just had to ask her more about it!
How did you get the idea for your project?
– I came up with the idea as I experimented with different materials for a school project. The material I choose is not really one that’s considered “normal” in fashion, but I really wanted to challenge myself and learn something new, and that’s how I decided on chipboard.
What’s it like to work with wood as a “textile”?
– I won’t deny it’s hard. I’ve done a lot of tests with different kinds of binders for the sawdust, and the major challenge is to find a natural “latex”. So, if I get the chance to work on this a bit more, there’s every possibility I’ll get a really exciting and environment friendly product.
Where did you find the inspiration to work with wood?
– Choosing a residual material, like sawdust, was a given because there’s already so much of it going to waste. Also, I saw it as a part of the challenge to pick something that doesn’t really fit into fashion historically.
What’s your favorite thing about this new material?
– That people tends to get really interested in the material; some want to touch it, some get disgusted by it and some think it’s really funny.
Who would be your dream person to wear your design?
– Robyn! She has such a strong identity and so much talent. I’ve admired her ever since I was a kid.
Fashion: Betty Norling
Pic: Angela Blumen
Mua: Marie Intile
Model: Julie Alberte (Le Management)
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