On Tuesday Marion and I met with Stephanie Liner (professor of sculpture/artist/upholsterer/human), who showed us some upholstering solutions, but quickly we came to realize cushions would be more practical as they are easier to clean and move about a space. She is willing to give us cushion tutorials if we cannot navigate our way through the milky seas of pleasurefully plastic-ey fabric we have.
We journeyed to Joann Fabrics where we chose a kind of table cloth/vinyl white material for the cushion prototypes. It's surface is water resistant and can be wiped down for cleaning.
In terms of color, this of course is up to discussion, but I was drawn to white for its bright freshy freshness. In order to make unique each pillow, possibly rendering a little identity for each within a cohesive aesthetic could easily be attained through incorporating different colors and textures in splashes and blips on the neutral white. Lots o possibilities.
Something tactile, pleasing, comfortable, flexible, visually interesting, probably simple.
There are a many number of ways to approach making the pillow---we have densified batting rectangles that are 3-4 inches thick ( 17"x15"x3" and 22x22x4) that are precut as individual shapes that act as the pillow form-- no stuffing involved.
I say no zippers. Zippers are treacherous territory of snags and frustration.
Flaps, velcro, buttons, ties, grommets, OR not a case at all--but a sewed up enclosure seem to be the way to go. If the surface is to be wiped down for cleaning then perhaps we need not to have the fibrous innards removable.