Material Studies - Expired Bandage

While working on UP, I became fascinated with the unsung beauty of the Elastic Tubular Net Bandage.

While interviewing with the nurses at the Yilan Veteran’s Hospital, one of them offhandedly remarked that they had a huge stash of unusable bandage on the other room. I asked her why it was unusable and she said “because it’s past the expiry date printed on the boxes”. I don’t know what about bandages of this type makes them unusable after a set date, but after handling a bit of expired bandage myself I could not notice a difference. The nurse said these products can not be discarded without a lengthy process involving government agencies to ensure proper disposal of medical supplies. They say that for the moment it’s too much trouble, so they just keep them around. 

This got me thinking about way you could tackle the problem. Perhaps a company may be able to talk the government into selling these expired bandages for use outside of the medical field. Maybe they can become part of another product.

So I started playing with it seeing what ideas came to my head.

 Bandaging around a PET bottle, another great recyclable material.

Bandaging around a PET bottle, another great recyclable material.

 The mesh of the bandage gives a very distinctive "Digital" feel to what it's wrapping, sort pf like a polygon mesh

The mesh of the bandage gives a very distinctive "Digital" feel to what it's wrapping, sort pf like a polygon mesh

 Polygon mesh.

Polygon mesh.

And I had a bit of a sketch too!

I'm excited to see what comes out of this!

Carlos Nuila