A wrap for the win: NASCAR style

November 1, 2019

NASCAR’s Tyler Reddick, 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, returned to the track to defend his title in style at the NASCAR CTECH Manufacturing 180 Xfinity Series race in August at Road America in Wisconsin. Reddick, a Richard Childress Racing Driver, drove the No. 2 Roland Chevrolet Camaro with a full Roland vehicle wrap for the …

Don’t like what you see? DIY!

October 1, 2019

You see the perfect bag but wish it were just a bit more tangerine. Now Freitag®, the German-Swiss maker of recycled bags, has a proposition that eco-conscious trendsetters can’t refuse: make it yourself. Freitag came on the scene in 1993 with a messenger bag made from used truck tarpaulins, discarded bicycle inner tubes and car …

Rising to sustainable heights: solar balloons

Imagine a thousand balloons gently floating in the air above a public square collecting energy from the sun. That’s the vision of Superspace, an Istanbul, Turkey-based architecture and design studio. Its design “solarCLOUD” was shortlisted for Land Art Generator, an annual international design event that invites ideas for sustainable energy infrastructures that are also public …

Illuminating the imagination

Light artist Leo Villareal likes to focus on underlying structures and rules to understand how they work. Interested in simple forms such as pixels and the zeros and ones in binary code, Villareal often starts with a simple form that he builds upon to create movement and complex interactions that create a rich environment in …

FAQs: The Textile Industry Retirement Plan

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has launched the new Textile Industry Retirement Plan, a benefit exclusively for IFAI members. Andrew Aho, IFAI’s vice president of new business development, describes why members should consider the plan and the many advantages it offers.  by Amanda Oelke, Editorial and marketing intern Q: How does the Textile Industry Retirement …

From folklore to decor

Artist Santosh Maravi is from a village called Gaarkarmatta in Madhya Pradesh, a large province in central India. His art form is Gond, a type of tribal painting that dates back centuries to when people created designs on the mud walls of their houses.  Today, Gond artists work on canvas with brushes and paint, creating …

Sculpture in the sky

September 1, 2019

The summer road trip—everything packed into the car for a journey to see the sights across the American landscape. That’s the inspiration for a multifaceted art event that took place in Massachusetts in July. But this excursion traded the automobile for a hot air balloon. The brainchild of Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken, New Horizon …

Washable, weavable sensors

Smart textiles continue to advance into more sophisticated and wearable options. Researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan’s School of Engineering are developing a low-cost, yarn-like sensor that can be woven into fabric and composite materials.  The sensor is microscopic, yet is able to recognize motion as the yarn stretches, due to being treated …

The Eco Pavilion at Wonderfruit 2018

While the U.S. has Burning Man and Coachella, Thailand has Wonderfruit, a pioneering festival that attracts more than 10,000 people to the lush hills west of Pattaya on the Gulf of Thailand. Held in December, the four-day event attracts international music acts and celebrates the arts, sustainability and social responsibility with immersive experiences, workshops, talks, …

Air apparent: taking paragliding to new levels

One of the keys to paragliding is a glider aircraft that is as lightweight as possible. Porcher Sport-sponsored paraglider Jean-Baptiste Chandelier knows this. He demonstrated amazing feats in the recent YouTube film, “Weightless,” seen by more than 37 million viewers so far.  A pioneer of proximity flying—a form of the sport that requires extreme dexterity …