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summer camp is on the local news paper


eTextile Summer Camp is mentioned on the local news paper LA VIE EN VENDOMOIS. Yey!

July 26th Big shopping and more…


Maurin and Martin arrived from Paris in the morning. We had lunch picnic with Pasta Salad and Tart made by Martin. Yammmm! We went to Local Farmer who can directly sell her vegetables to us. We got 15kg of Potato, … Continue reading

July 24th 1st day at Paillard!


We got to Paillard before noon on 24th. It took us more than 12hours to drive. Everyone was a bit exhausted after driving through the night… but with warm hospitality by James with a welcome champagne, we got our energy … Continue reading

Leaving Berlin to Paillard


We have left Berlin on 23rd evening to head to Paillard! The car is super packed with all the equipments and goodies. Hannah, Mika, Ingo and Paula is in the car driving 12 hours to Paillard. We have long way … Continue reading

Weather forecast

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I have checked the weather forecast for Tours (closest big city) for the next week.. and it looks beautiful. Well, it can change so check it out before you pack your t-shirts!

Production meeting July 18th

We had our last meeting on July 18th. This will be our last meeting before the production team head to Paillard. We mostly talked about the current progress of the each organization. Accommodation, Traveling scheduling is ready. If you have … Continue reading

Le camp d’été e-textile


Florence Bost and Guillermo Crosetto book “Textiles, innovations et matières actives” is now out, and contains lovely photos of the E-Textile Summercamp! Links: >> >>

Material list online


Thanks to Pauline, we have now the material list for this year’s summer camp online. It is not complete yet as we are receiving more and more materials. Also we will have some from the last year as well. … Continue reading

Production meeting July 10th


This time, the production team had a skype meeting with James from Paillard (he was in Paris at this moment though). We are now discussing details of room configuration for the workshop, exhibition setup, how we will manage to sleep … Continue reading

production meeting July 3rd


Again, we had our usual Thursday production meeting today. We discussed about Budget, Material ordering, Workshop survey, Project ideas, Accommodation planning and Exhibition. It is getting closer, and we are getting more and more excited about it. – we have … Continue reading

Beyond Kitsch

This year, I have chosen “Beyond Kitsch” as the theme of the eTextile Summer Camp. But why Kitsch? The starting point of the story is rather simple. Recently there are strong interest in wearable technology and eTextiles. Many big companies … Continue reading

New Swatch Exchange Website

We have a new dedicated Swatch Exchange website. All data from the old sites has been transferred to this new site! >>

production meeting June 26th


Production team is secretly moving underwater preparing the summer camp in Berlin. We have been meeting weekly for the last 6 weeks discussing workshop content to budget. Today, we discussed – which workshop will happen in which time slot – … Continue reading

Panel: Beyond Kitsch


Panelist: Ebru Kurbak, Anja Hertenberger, Ricardo de Oliveira Nascimento Moderator: Mika Satomi This Panel Discussion Session is to talk about artistic concept development from the theme aspect,”Beyond Kisch”. Three panelists will open the discussion by presenting their thoughts on this … Continue reading

Energy Harvesting


Energy harvesting is charging your e-textile circuit with power from the sun, wind, muscle, body, piezo, or even more exotic sources. In the e-textile world you have either to carry your own batteries or generate your own energy. If you … Continue reading

3D printing

Shaping Materials/ 3D Printing This workshop will explore different ways to shape materials, mostly with the help of computational routines. Experiments include soft and hard materials, 3D printing technologies and spinning technologies to generate non-woven textures, as well as the … Continue reading

Traditional Textile Technique “Bobbin Lace Making”

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As last years edition, we’ll start with the basic stitches, whose are used in most of other variations and patterns. It will be hands on, and who wants can use different materials for different scale of the lace. As in … Continue reading

Traditional Textile Technique “Quilting”


Patchwork is a technique of cutting fabric into pieces (or using scraps) and piecing (sewing) them together in nice patterns. Once you have created a pictures like this, you sew this top layer together with some wadding and a backing, … Continue reading

Traditional Textile Technique “Igne Oyasi”

In this workshop, I will show you how to do Igne Oyasi: Turkish needle lace embroidery technique. It is a very old technique in Anatolian part of Turkey, where people made trimmings for their scarfs, or even three dimensional realistic … Continue reading

Panel: Beyond Openness


Panelists: Wendy Van Wynsberghe, Tincuta Heinzel, Zoe Romano Moderator: Hannah Perner-Wilson TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION – (still in progress!!!) 1) Ethical Practice of Openness: Making, Sharing, Taking – Now that everything is open, shared, accessible, how do we go about handling … Continue reading

Traditional Textile Technique “Relief Leather Embroidery”

This workshop will introduce the technique known as “relief embroidery” to create textured embroidery on the soft raw leather that decorates the traditional Austrian and Bavarian Lederhosen. Reading Brandstätter, Christian. Die Lederhose: Kleine Kulturgeschichte Des Alpenländischen Beinkleids. Husum, 1996. Semrad, … Continue reading

Traditional Textile Technique “Shibori”

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There are an infinite number of ways one can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth with shibori techniques, and each way results in very different patterns after dying and opening ! Each method is used to achieve a certain … Continue reading

All About Knitting and Hacked Machines

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These last years hackers and makers have started to open up knitting machines and found new ways to hack them by allowing the machines to be controlled directly by a modern computer. These hacked knitting machines become a sort of … Continue reading

Screen-Printing Circuits


Workshop leaders: Anne-Marie Lavigne and Celine Marcq. In this workshop we will show how to use traditional screen printing methods and conductive ink to apply a proximity / touch sensor circuit on various paper or textile substrates.The participants will create … Continue reading

Screen-Printing Dynamic Surfaces

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This workshop gives participants the opportunity to work with a range of different colour and activation temperature leuco thermochromic dye systems ranging from 27, 31, 35, 37, and 40 for textile screen-printing. Participants will be able to create layered structured … Continue reading

SMA meets Smocking

In this workshop diverse smocking patterns will be introduced and developed, combining the integration of SMA segments in the making process.

Haptic Crochet


Credits: Emilie Giles Year of Invention: 2014 Link: Description: Haptic Crochet is a crocheted sensor swatch made using conductive yarn and hempcotton yarn designed for touch based feedback. Crocheted objects have an interesting texture on which to rub our … Continue reading


Credits: Mika Satomi Year of Invention: 2014 Link: Description: LED POV (Persistence Of Vision) display using ATTINY45 and textile circuitry. As ATTINY has only 5 pins available for controlling LED, it incorporates charlieplexing to increase the number of LED … Continue reading

Twitch Knit


Credits: Melissa Coleman Year of Invention: 2014 Description: A wool knit with muscle wire. When the sample is powered the knit twitches. When the power is off you can stretch the knit back into its original shape. Link: Dimensions: 9 … Continue reading

Knitted Coil

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Credits: Ebru Kurbak & Irene Posch Year of Invention: 2012 Description: The swatch shows a coil as knitted electronic part. The knitted coil is part of our research into how to knit electronic components from scratch and is also part … Continue reading

Woven pixel


Credits: Anne-Marie Lavigne Year of Invention: 2014 Description: A patch of hand woven textile with a 1 inch x 1 inch woven pixel. The woven pixel is created with thermochromic treated thread combined with conductive thread. When current is ran through … Continue reading

“ Single Pole Double Throw” Switch


Credits: Isabel Cabral and A. P. Souto Year of Invention: Description: Action origami techniques provide the possibility to develop models with more than one configuration. The sample proposed – Single Pole Double Throw (SPDT) Switch – explores the ability to … Continue reading

pattern keyboard


Credits: Claire W & Wendy V W Year of Invention: 2013-2014 Description: A machine knitted square swatch with jacquard pattern. -Acrylic & conductive yarn -Pattern with x4 patterns = x3 outputs + x1 ground -Connected with a MaKeyMaKey you can … Continue reading

button switch


Credits: ricardo O’Nascimento Year of Invention: 2013 Description: The piece uses conductive thread to create a switch using a standard button. When the button is in the “button hole” the 2 parts connects and therefore could be used as a … Continue reading

Water connector

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Credits: Marta Kisand, Barbro Scholz, Esther Stühmer Year of Invention: 2014 Description: This is an example of how connection that uses water can to close the circuit. A hydrochromic print shows when the connection is closed and the LED will … Continue reading

Sound Scales


Credits: Meg Grant Year of Invention: 2014 Description: Sound scales is a dress that surrounds the body in sound in a similar way that perfume surround the body with scent. Piezo speakers are integrated into a paillette-covered fabric to showcase … Continue reading

Jamie’s Lace

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Credits: Sara Robertson & Sarah Taylor Year of Invention: 2014 Description: A lace-inspired, multi-functional colour change and light- emitting textile combining thermochromics and optical fibre. Link: Dimensions: 55mm x 100mm Inspirations/References: The textile is based on recent work combining our … Continue reading

Pressure switch knit


Credits: Katharina Bredies, Pauline Vierne for Design Research Lab, UdK Berlin Year of Invention: 2014 Description: This knitted fabric sensor has been made with a double bed linear knitting machine. The parts in relief are created by using tuck stitches … Continue reading

Disco Dish

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Credits: Lynsey Calder, Sara Robertson Year of Invention: 2014 Description: We will create a collection of lenticular inspired photochromic sequins, which can be activated by the integrated UV SMD LED or by natural sunlight. Using a variety of techniques, such … Continue reading

Changing skin


Credits: Aniela Hoitink / NEFFA Year of invention: 2013 Description: A swatch with a pattern printed with different smart inks, so the pattern changes under different circumstances. With thermochromic ink, photochromic ink, photo luminescence ink and fluorescent ink. Link: … Continue reading

Inconspicuous Matter


Credits: Celine Marcq Year of Invention: 2010-2011 Description: Inconspicuous Matter is a low tech proposition for a electro-reactive paper/textile based material which could be able to display information when programmed accordingly. This material is made of different layers : an … Continue reading

Igne Oyasi (working title)

Credits: Hannah Perner-Wilson Description: Turkish needle point lace using conductive threads, demonstrating how to create connections, areas of resistance, bridges, and isolation. Link: Dimensions: 10x5x0.2mm

Static Electricity Probe


Credits: Beam Contrechoc, 2014 Description: This swatch is a research tool for investigation of static electricity properties of your e-textile fabrics. Reason and motive: Several times I added a touch sensor in textiles. More than once this touch sensor works … Continue reading