Regen by Wendy Andreu
Regen is a unique system of making garments devised by Wendy Andreu, a designer fascinated by materials.
She starts by winding cotton rope around a mould and then applying latex onto the surface, which binds them together creating a malleable and waterproof material. The resulting fabric retains the rough texture of rope on one side and the smooth texture of latex on the other, with unique shadings and patterns created where the latex seeps through the rope. By using moulds of different shapes the designer has created various garments, hats and bags. These all share the unique characteristics of this fascinating material: a combination of contrasting textures, strong shapes and more than a lashing of style.
Wendy Andreu is a graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven and Regen is part of her graduation project.
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