INTERFERENCE: Pleating & Electronic Textiles

INTERFERENCE: Pleating & Electronic Textiles 

Integrativer Bestandteil des Entwurfprojekts ‘What If?’

04.05. – 06.05.2019

In this workshop we will explore interactive textiles created through the process of pleating, which is traditionally used in textile and fashion design to design volume and dynamic texture. The workshop will be hands-on, and include lectures, technical demonstrations, individual exploration within the context of your own project, and group discussions. 

The aims are to:

  1. To introduce you to a range of techniques to collect data using electronic textile materials
  2. To introduce you to planning, designing, and implementing pleated structures using paper moulds
  3. To enable you to experiment with these techniques within the context of your individual design work

Tutors:

PART I: ELECTRONIC TEXTILES

Saturday 04.05.2019, 9:30 – 17:30

In a one-day workshop you will learn the basics of electrically conductive textiles (e-textiles), and the construction of textile electronic sensors. You will be introduced to a hardware and software tool for measuring, visualising and sonifying textile sensor input data. 

Fig. 1: Examples of crafted textile sensors (www.beritgreinke.net)

BRIEF for individual work on Saturday: Folded digital and analogue sensor

Within the context of your silhouette / figure/ concept, design one digital switch and one analogue sensor to explore performative motion, electronic input and output. You can use drawings to further illustrate your concept.

You may want to consider:

  • Think of a position for a single fold on the body of your digital silhouette/silhouette that supports the movements of your figure.
  • How could this fold contribute to the physical design?
  • Which movement is necessary to open, close, or simply deform the fold?
  • What motion data do you want to collect through folding (what do you want to learn, describe, interpret, disclose, discuss about movement)?
  • How would you like to utilise the data as to support the concept of your figure: numerical, audible or visual?

PART II: PLEATING

Sunday 05.05.2019, 10:00 – 17:00

Pleating describes the technique of folding a fabric in a symmetric or asymmetric pattern, which is then made semi-permanent by applying heat using a heat press or steam.

In a two-day workshop with textile artist Arantza Vilas, you will learn the basics of pleating, including making paper moulds, folding fabrics, and thermo-fixing. 

 Fig. 2: Arantza Vilas / Pinaki Studios: Paper mould for pleating; costume design; folded ice

PART III: EXPERIMENTATION

Monday 06.05.2019, 10:00 – 17:00

You will work independently on pleated textiles and e-textile technology objects in the context of your semester project. We will experiment with scales (micro-pleats to full-body-size pleats) and body placement, with physical and virtual performativity in mind. The aim is to produce a sample collection of pleated textile sensors and mock-ups, and a photo/audio/video documentation of your process.

BRIEF for individual work on Monday: Pleating and electronic textiles for silhouette manipulation and performance

Within the context of your project, explore pleat pattern, material, scale, movement and electronic output. You can either focus on exploration of shape in different scales or focus on a material in variety of pleats.

You may want to consider:

  • Explore positions for the learned pleating patterns on the body of your digital silhouette that support/counter/compliment/resist the movements of your figure.
  • How could the pleats and electronic outputs contribute to the concept of your project?
  • Which movement are possible to open, close, or simply deform the fold?
  • Explore motion data which you collect through folding and unfolding: What do you want to learn, describe, interpret, disclose, discuss about movement, and what type of output do you choose and why?
  • Explore utilising the data to support the concept of your figure.
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