How can we craft digital information with textiles?
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