Live Action Materials Transformation
Performed by Vertically Integrated Millers
Close to Dym's heart, Live Action Materials Transformation
exists to change our audience's relationship to their material
lives. LAMT delicately choreographs our Vertically Integrated
Millers into a fully functional performance to change waste
into new material¹ — yarn or whole cloth.
Live Action Materials Transformation makes manufacturing
visible, understandable, beautiful, and, perhaps, funny.
This unusual performance gathers a community of experts
to performatively transform waste into specialty yarns.
Using mostly hand-tools—Dym's provisionally patented
designs—Vertically Integrated Millers use ritual yet
efficient and highly functional labor to shred worn natural
fiber textiles. The fine shreds² are hand-wheel spun, pending
additional of machinery, into colorful yarns. Plyed as desired,
the yarns are packaged with market-ready labels.
A selection of yarn is used for demonstration products,
ranging from tea cozies to lingerie to hammocks.
1 This is absolutely technically possible, in case you wondered.
2 We add, as necessary for strength, a percentage of new fiber.
Since tons of good sheep and alpaca wool are thrown out every year,
there is good, new waste fiber to use.