Sophie Rowley Turns Denim Into Blue Marble
Sophie Rowley is born in 1986 in New Zealand. Sophie is a material designer and based in Berlin, Germany. With an academic background in fashion design, she completed the MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins in London in 2014. She has been working already for some International top major brands and people as Alexander McQueen, David Chipperfield, Diane von Furstenberg, Nissan, Faye Toogood and Godrej & Boyce.
Innovative Designs Made From Repurposed Denim
Bahia Denim is an award winning material developed by Sophie Rowley. This material has almost the same look as marble. It’s also named after a Brazilian blue marble. The Bahia Denim material is made of leftover denim production. Normally these rags ends at the garbage, but Sophie came with the brilliant idea to upcycle it into a new material. Due to the fact that the rags has a lot of variation in size, indigo shades, colours and texture makes every design unique. As the material is made by hand there’re endless colour variations combinations possible.
How Bahia Denim Works
The disgards are draped over a mould and the layers are adhesed together with bioresin. After the material is dry it is carved to create a flat surface. Through the carving process as well as through the different sized and coloured offcuts a bespoke marble-like pattern appears. As the Bahia Denim material is light weight, but very durable, it’s a perfect base to create furniture, wall paneling or surfaces for interiors.
Bahia Denim by Sophie Rowley is another great example of how to upcycle old pairs of jeans. Or production leftovers. A very cool and sustainable concept for the denim industry.