These Scarves Are Printed Using Soot From Pollution

These Scarves Are Printed Using Soot From Pollution

A designer uses ink made from car exhaust to send a message about pollution

Leo Lutero
  • 8 november 2017

Kelly Gijsen has created a collection of handwoven scarves with designs printed using ink made from car exhaust. The ink comes from Graviky Labs, a startup that uses a device to filter vehicle exhaust. The collected soot from the exhaust is then processed and turned into a beautiful deep black pigment.

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The Air Ink, as it is called, had only been used in prints and on paper. It has also been used on a billboard but never on something wearable until Gijsen’s project. Gijsen’s scarves are handmade by a family of weavers in India. True to the origins of the ink, the designer uses tire tracks and other unique methods to produce rich black patterns on the fabric.


Kelly Gijsen


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