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Beta textile

Friday the 29th of June 2012 Neffa participated in the workshop “Beta textiles, textile and code” which was hosted by Waag Society in Amsterdam. A group of 30 fashion designers, architects, interaction designers, programmers and textile developers collaborated around mannequins to investigate the interesting combination of textile and interactive technology.

In the beginning of the workshop the participants had the possibility to choose for a crash course in moulage techniques by Marina Toeters (Saxion Enschede), creating and adapting textile by Michelle Baggerman (Design Academy Eindhoven) and dynamic behavior of textile using electronics by Martijn ten Bhömer (TU Eindhoven). After one hour the groups came together to create teams with each an electronics-, fashion-, and a textile-expert. The groups worked with knitted fabric that was specially produced in collaboration with Audax Textiel Museum. For example fabric with conductive area’s to measure stretch and fabric with integrated circuitry and pockets for LED lighting. Using these fabrics interesting possibilities were created for the teams, but also challenges, since the goal of the workshop was a beautiful and working prototype at the end of the day.

The dynamics during the workshop are a representation of what the CRISP STS partners are aiming for: combining and interaction between disciplines to together create new applications and services.

On the picture from left to right:
1. A dress that can shorten itself using a motor. The electronics are hidden in a light emitting brooch.
2. A dress that can sense movement. Heats-up and emits lights when moving outside, and will turn off once the person is inside.
3. Raincoat for on the bike, emits light and keeps you warm.
4. Coat to create music together with other people. Makes sound when moving your arms, and can be customized with a specific instrument. For example to create a band with other people.
5. Fancy dress with a hidden layer with sensors. Creates sound and vibrations on the body based on movement.
6. Accessory set of a scarf and gloves. The touch sensors in the gloves will control the lighting in the scarf, for example when touching the handle bars of a bike.

Neffa has designed together with 3 others dress number 5. Later she has worked on a wearable version of this dress with the help of Martijn ten Böhmer of the TU/e. It is a top where the leds on your left shoulder will turn on, when moving you right arm. So you decide through your arm movement when you want to have the lights on. The grey parts in the sleeve work as a stretch sensor. The top has been shown as part the CRISP STS Project during Dutch Design Week.

This tekst is based on a blog of Astrid van Roij-Lubsen from Waag Society. The third picture has been taken by Oscar Tomico. For more information have a look at the website of Smart Textile Services or CRISP Platform.

CRISP 2012 Textiellab 2012