Sea Level Blanket – Flat knit
Due to temperature rise the available ice mass on the planet is decreasing and melting. A rise of 0.6 – 1.1 m within the next 100 years is expected. Shore areas will be flooded and this will cause millions of people to migrate. The additional fresh water in the ocean will cause a tipping point in the salt concentration. This will drastically reduce marine life and change our weather system that might make human life on Earth difficult.
The diagrams shown are based on the prediction models until 2100, as presented by IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). Each dataset is based on four emission models, RCP (Representative Concentration Pathways) 2.6, 4.0, 6.5 and 8.5. These range from the least emission, according to Paris Climate Agreement until the maximum emission without any decrease of Greenhouse Gas emission.
The pattern of the blanket is based on the 4 different scenario predictions that have been modelled by IPCC. The lines show the recorded temperature rise from 2000 until the predicted rise in 2100.
If all the ice covering Antarctica, Greenland and mountain glaciers around the world were to melt, sea level would rise about 70 meters.
Flat-bed knitting machines are traditionally used for the production of pullovers and other outerwear garments. The technique of knitting reduces waste during the production due to its made to measure ability. For the development of the flat knit blankets the studio has worked with TextielLab.
A carefully curated colour scheme has been applied to support each category. In the case of Sea Level cool shades are applied.
Sea Level Socks
The horizontal lines visualise the predicted Sea Level rise. Similar to a ruler that dispays centimeters.
The 4 highlighted lines represent the rise of 7 cm in 2020, 12cm in 2030, 17cm in 2040, 22 cm in 2050. These numbers are based on the most ideal emission scenario (RCP 2.8) according to Paris Climate Agreement.
Global Sea Level is rising with 3.6 mm per year considering the best estimate of the global-average. Sea Level is rising faster in recent decades.
Sea Level Blanket - Double knit
The diverse patterns and graphics of the blanket are based on several Temperature related data. For example it shows that Global Warming varies in intensity depending on the region, or it compares human and natural drivers of Temperature Change.
Communicating Climate Change through textiles. The blankets are aesthetic carriers of data that visualise Global Warming and they provide the user with warmth.
Earth loses 1.2 trillion tons of ice per year, a nearly 60% increase from 1994.
Double knitting allows you to create two layers of fabric at the same time. The layers can be interlocked together to create subtle height differences and embossing effects. For the development of the double knit blankets the studio has teamed up with TextielLab.
Sea Level Blanket – Double knit is constructed from 4 coloured yarns. The yarns on the back layer bind with the yarns of the front layer to create height differences and blends of the different hues.