Eco CMYK Many dyes used in the fashion and textile industries have been found to be toxic and carcinogenic, exposing workers to harmful vapors and chemicals and often polluting local rivers and waterways in factory communities. Before the development of synthetic dyes, archeologists have traced the use of natural dyes from plants, barks and minerals back to the Neolithic period, 12000 years ago. Through hacking a desktop printer and harvesting ink from food waste, this project presents a range of CMYK inks to print patterns on fabric in the 21st Century, digitizing an age old tradition.
Eco CMYK Many dyes used in the fashion and textile industries have been found to be toxic and carcinogenic, exposing workers to harmful vapors and chemicals and often polluting local rivers and waterways in factory communities. Before the development of synthetic dyes, archeologists have traced the use of natural dyes from plants, barks and minerals back to the Neolithic period, 12000 years ago. Through hacking a desktop printer and harvesting ink from food waste, this project presents a range of CMYK inks to print patterns on fabric in the 21st Century, digitizing an age old tradition.
Hacked ink-jet printer to print on fabric with natural pigment.
'Harvested' pigment from food waste.
Hacked ink cartridges to allow printing in Eco CMYK.
Production of Yellow.
Printed fabric sample. Images © Rafael EL Baz