Sonic Fabric

by loobylu on 17/02/2006

in Green Crafting

sonic fabric

How cool is this stuff? Sonic Fabric is woven from 50% recycled prerecorded audiocassette tape and 50% cotton. Not only does it look amazing but if you draw a tape head over the surface of the fabric the sounds recorded on the tape can be heard. Pictured above are some silk screened flags by the artist, John Fishman, made from a collection of his favourite songs. The fabric is available made up into messenger bags and flags and what-not, but is also available as swatches and by the yard: “Sonic fabric is currently available by the yard in solid black and in a jewel-toned stripe. Yards are 60″ wide with curly tapeloops at the selvedges. Custom colors can be created by varying the cotton or polyester thread used in the warp.” Imagine your next quilt singing to you! (and possibly being a bit scratchy too). (via swissmiss)

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1 Renata February 17, 2006 at 6:02 am

Wow! I heard that Radiohead had some custom-made clothing out of that stuff and performed with it during a live show. I’m a weaver and I’ve always wondered what it would be like to weave that stuff.


2 mollychicken February 17, 2006 at 6:26 am

Are you kidding me ?
This is like something out of Dr Who.
I want it – now !


3 herhimnbryn February 17, 2006 at 6:55 am

I agree with MC. I thought it was an April Fool joke! Aren’t people inventive? I want also!


4 Annika Sandin February 17, 2006 at 6:58 am

It is awesome!


5 Melly February 17, 2006 at 7:48 am

This cloth is fantastic! Neat stuff!


6 Lily February 17, 2006 at 8:21 am

This is extraordinary! I’ve not heard of anything like this before. I wonder if Radiohead will put their next album out on t-shirts made from the stuff?


7 Nicole February 17, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Excellent find!!


8 Fran February 17, 2006 at 12:44 pm

That’s brilliant!


9 goodwolve February 17, 2006 at 10:29 pm

Ok. You can’t get cooler then that. Especially if you could request what was on the material. Nifty!


10 robyn February 20, 2006 at 1:23 pm

Sonic fabric *is* super! I’ve been working with the last little while to make guitar straps, and while it’s not the easiest thing to sew with (it’s a little fragile if you’re cutting and then sewing because of the delicate weave), the “this is so cool” factor starts a lot of conversations.

So worth it if you’re looking for something totally unique!


11 Barb February 21, 2006 at 9:31 am

Wow, how fantastic. I love recycled products with creativity like this.


12 larissa February 27, 2006 at 10:38 am

Hi there, I was so happy to see this post. I met Alyce Santoro about 5 (?) years ago, when she was developing this fabric. She told me all about it while we toured the Natural History Museum in NY. She is awesome, and I was so glad to see her sonic stuff took off.


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