Involving the Machines

Hannah Perner-Wilson
Linda Worbin
Mika Satomi
2012

The objective of this project is to explore the combination of semi-automated machinery and handcraft processes for the production of electronic textiles. Electronic textiles (E-Textiles) are textiles that have electronic components embedded in them, or are constructed from fibers with electronic properties. We are interested in creating E-Textiles that have the ability to sense various stimuli such as pressure, bend and stretch.
Whereas industry often looks to automate processes and eliminate human involvement, we are interested in developing production processes that rely heavily on human intervention and skill, while taking advantage of automation. We believe that such hybrid creative processes will allow us to produce more unique and diverse results.

Technicians Involved:
Hanna Lindholm (weaving lab/ Hand Loom)
Fredrik Wennersten (weaving lab/ Industrial Jacquard Loom)

The Swedish-American-Exchange Fund Grant supported the visiting researcher, Hannah Perner-Wilson to join the Smart Textiles Design lab and conduct this project together with the researchers from the lab.

Research Outcome

Jacquard Pattern Conductive Fabric
The outcome fabrics are woven with conductive, resistive and non-conductive (cotton) thread. Both conductive and resistive threads are woven with float on the back so that one can cut the weft connection on the back. Each pattern on the front side of the fabric can act as individual conductive, resistive and non-conductive surface, which can be used as sensor, circuit.. so on.

For more details, please see >> http://www.kobakant.at