Thursday Week 2

Meeting with Sandy Heffernan

Sandy works here in the creative collage of arts in the textile department and has experience with bio materials and sustainable products.

When speaking with here she gave me some resources on a shoe company in Portugal called Zouri. They work with grinding up ocean plastics and using then in the foam sole of their sandals. They also use natural leather and adhesives in their sandals.

She showed me some student work which i found very interesting, it was good to see these students being able to make these natural materials from coffee grinds and wool being mixed with gelatine.

She gave me the names of some other staff members to speak with such as Hannah Clement from textiles and also Wendy in the Fab lab.

She spoke about the testings they can do on fabrics such as the ‘standard of performance’ where you can test durability and also a dehumidifier.


Published by rikolthuis

I am an art design student currently at massey university interested in all spects of art, my main areas consist of product design, painting and drawing and like to use these as a way of conveying thought and creativity in design. My family is originally from Holland but have recently moved to New Zealand. I hope to one day be involved in the designing of sport gear overseas, a job that will combine my passion for both art and sport.

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