This is an upcycling project utilizing materials from a recycling center in Providence. Following is the first assignment after sourcing for material: exploration of its possibilities.
My primary material is the industrial waste of price tags for clothes. These are strips of polystyrene with doulbe-sided foam tape on one side of each. The black strips are my supportive material, shoe laces.
While I was exploring ways to hold rolls of styrene together, I stumbled upon welding them with a soldering stick.
The strength was enough to hold a six-layer roll without a shoe lace on the outside, so I decided to decide a product that takes advantage of this property.
I decided to create a door mat. I started producing and refining prototypes.
Two jigs were desined for ease of fabrication: one for cutting strip to the same length and the other for welding after alignment.
The last steps include combining the modular pads and adding the support of perpendicular strips, which are leftovers from the raw material.