WiSe 19/20: Crafting Textile Data

How can we craft digital information with textiles?

This seminar provides an introduction to electronic textiles and data processing, using Arduino IDE and visual programming software Pure Data.

Sessions on conductive materials, textile sensors, recording and mapping sensor data, and sound control with electronic textiles will provide you with a basis to investigate these technologies within your own creative practice. Our approach will be hands-on, exploring aesthetics and function through materials and crafting.

The seminar is aimed at fashion design students who are interested and have experience in textile techniques (e.g. weaving, knitting, screen-printing, embroidery, or similar), while being curious about creative digital technology and art/tech interdisciplinary inquiry. 

No previous knowledge in electronics and programming required, but commitment and self-motivated learning is crucial. 

The first six sessions (4h each) combine lectures and practical exercises. Attendance is mandatory. 

In sessions 7-12, students work independently on a self-initiated project, either in conjunction with their semester project or as an independent project. Students are expected to produce samples and prototypes, and an on-going documentation in the form of technical and design notes, sketches, materials samples and documented circuitry and codes. During these sessions we offer 1-2-1 tutorials and technical support. 

The seminar will be taught in German and English. 

Costs & other information:

  • 12€ for electronics/sensor starter kit
  • Arduino Uno Rev3 boards can be either borrowed for the duration of the seminar (return by end of semester) or purchased for a reduced price of 20€/board.
  • A starter pack of conductive textiles will be provided. Additionally required materials will need to be purchased by students.
  • Students work on their own laptops.


Thursdays 14:00 – 18:00, Room 110

  • 24.10.2019: Electronic textiles: Introduction and materials, building a first analogue circuit
  • 31.10.2019: Setting up Arduino: digital read, analogue read, digital write, analogue write
  • 07.11.2019: Textile sensors: digital and analogue
  • 14.11.2019: Data flow to Pure Data: Building a first patch, sending and receiving data
  • 21.11.2019: Pure Data: Mapping data
  • 28.11.2019: Pure Data: Sound output
  • 05.12.2019: Initial group presentations, 1-2-1 tutoring available and tech support available
  • 12.12.2019: 1-2-1 tutoring and tech support available
  • 19.12.2019: Group presentations, 1-2-1 tutoring and tech support available
  • 16.01.2019: 1-2-1 tutoring and tech support available
  • 23.01.2019: 1-2-1 tutoring and tech support available
  • 30.01.2019: Final presentations