I try to give my Principles of Design for Apparel class a shape challenge where I ask them to look at the actual shape/aesthetic properties of an everyday item and re-interpret it as a fashion material. Last semester was coffee filters. That worked so well as to be a tough act to follow. The idea of what to do next has been troubling me for months, and actually came up (as a positive and enthusiastic discussion) during a recent interview for a benefitted position in the department. In desperation, at the dollar store 40 minutes before the lecture started, I finalized on….