Metatextiles

Metatextiles

Metamaterials are composite materials engineered to guide electromagnetic waves along a predetermined path, allowing for a control over the conduction of these fields which were previously outside of technological capability. Inspired by the possibilities of this new material, scientists proposed designs for invisibility and shapeshifting cloaks, perfect lenses, bio-sensors and many more futuristic and practical engineering devices. Through approaching this scientifically researched material from a textile design and craft perspective, and integrating techniques such as screen-printing, embroidery, laser engraving, chemical etching, vacuum deposition and pleating, textiles were developed in this PhD project that refract microwaves in highly unusual ways. The work produces both scientific knowledge and a practical way in which the technological and creative potential of metamaterials can be introduced to the design community.