These Scarves Are Printed Using Soot From Pollution
A designer uses ink made from car exhaust to send a message about pollution
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.
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.