Vandalorum

Cecilia Margareta

Tjärnberg

Wasteland / Upcycled polyester,  needle felted tapestry by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg

Vandalorum - group exhibition


"Wasteland / Upcycle polyester"



A collaboration between industry and university on the subject of waste and sustainable design. The project was housed by Vandalorum and lead by Lendager Group, an architectural firm based in Denmark. The project included workshops, lectures, visits to the local industries in Värnamo and a final collective exhibition at Vandalorum.


My contribution to the exhibition is "Wasteland / Upcycle polyester" which is the result of collaboration with Värnabo Bedding. Through needle felting and pairing the polyester fiber waste material with other textile materials, I found sustainable ways to recycle the material. By reinforcing the polyester felt with tulle the material which is porous in its original form becomes strong. I tried coloring the material, initially with little hope of my natural colors fixating. To my surprise, the turmeric stuck. This specific type of polyester fiber is designed so every single fiber looks like a straw, unlike the polyester fiber from which our clothing is weaved. After learning about this from Martin Ålander at Värnamo Bedding I am convinced the color stuck inside the straws.



The material was later brought into my master thesis and techniques of felting directly on three-dimensional form were developed. Elephant is the largest study made so far.

Wasteland group exhibition, needle felted tapestry in recycled polyester by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg, Vandalorum 2018

Wasteland group exhibition, needle felted tapestry in recycled polyester by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg, Vandalorum 2018

Wasteland group exhibition, needle felted tapestry in recycled polyester by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg, Vandalorum 2018

Carding tools bought at animal shop for 39 SEK

Tools for needle felting, (left) design by Cecilia Margaret Tjärnberg and (right) Panduro Hobby. More needles are preferable when larger pieces are felted. This tool (left) paired with a children's mattress from
IKEA was used to needlefelt the tapestry.

Mock up exhibition process, group

Natural coloring with turmeric

Mixed fibers, natural colored polyester, wool and recycled yarn in different colors carded together. Mixing in a little natural fibers with the polyester creates a more holdfast material

Needle felting made on globe formed foam mold, mixed natural, and man-made fibers

Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg 2019 © copyright