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Zebra Considerations


What happens combining energy harvesting and subversive. Two summercamps ago Mika brought some marvellous zebra material, stretchy and alternating conductive and non conductive stripes. This material allows a politician to make more and more and more. Voltage in this case. … Continue reading

The subversive prints from Shih Wei Chieh


I was in the harvesting group but then realized it’s too short time to actually making hands on experiments of harvesting so I flee to the subversive textile group, a bit shame to be always in none-focus group every year. … Continue reading

Camp Day 7

Today is the last day of the camp. By now, some people are totally in the routine of getting up at 7 and practicing Yoga… well, not everyone though;) The morning is the last chance for the focus group to … Continue reading

Camp Day 6

This is the last full working day for the focus group. Every group is very concentrated working hard.. and somehow this year, there are some secrecy between the groups. (Picture Anna Blumenkranz) Everyone is very curious what the others are … Continue reading

Camp Day 5

The whole day focus group working day. Subversive focusgroup: Sascha made her conductive beard and tested it on participants: The fictional group agreed upon working on the Wool Punk scenario: an underground movement set in an alternative history, where … Continue reading

Camp Day 4

Off Day! Everyone went to do different things during the day. We had an excursion to La Chartre sur le Loir: where we invaded the wool shop and had a petit café at Hotel de la France. In the afternoon … Continue reading

Camp Day 3

Another day with big workshop. We started with 3 hours workshop on Performance and eTextile and Energy harvesting. (Maurin leading the Energy Harvesting, picture by Anna Bumenkranz, more in this post: ) In the afternoon, we had another focus … Continue reading

Camp Day 2


We started the morning with Yoga and Croissant (Thanks to Beam for picking them up every morning from the bakery). Liste de baguettes, croissants et pain au chocolat: We had 3 hours of workshop on Bio textile and EMF sensing. … Continue reading

Camp Day 1

Saturday, In the morning, we had an embarrassing Yoga session… No one showed up at 7:00am! Well, this has changed in the coming mornings. After the introduction session, we had two hours of workshop on Level up Arduino, Beyond Arduino … Continue reading


stack of books

Here are the books that were brought to Summer Camp 2016: Alone Together The Art of Manipulating Fabric The Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving The Book of Symbols Closer Craftista! The Design of Everyday Things Design Research – Methods … Continue reading

What is “garter bar” in French?

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and this French words is connected to the right image? apparently! Because of the curvature of a knitting single layer the knitting is reversed on the border using the garter bar. Alternating every 10 tours gives a knitting with elasticity. … Continue reading

Workshop Energy Harvesting


The class … doing experiments with materials, getting to know voltage or current, Barbro creating a textile peltier element with constantin-copper connections in series, it provided around 30mV on a container with ice and your hand at the other side. … Continue reading

Focus group – Subversive e-textiles – start

We started subversivily with Sascha and Beam, Troy joined us and we went for the local café for inspiration. Anastasia joined us after the café session. we discussed the way a virus is creative … Then we played with stuff … Continue reading

July 21: preparation Day4

The morning started chilly and gray. We will be going to Tour for big food shopping.

July 20th: Preparation Day3

We started the morning with Baguette test. All of them are pretty good. Also Croissant and pain au chocolat are perfect. The morning started a bit cloudy and now it started to rain. Hopefully it is stopping quickly. It is … Continue reading

July 19th: Preparation Day2

It is sunny and hot in Paillard. James said it will go up to 40 degrees today! We started early to move the furniture from the main house before it gets too hot… well, it is already very hot! At … Continue reading

July 18th: Organization team at Paillard

We are at Paillard after 16 hours of drive from Berlin! Pauline, Ingo and Mika got here 7:00 in the morning, totally exhausted.. It was nice to find beds and warm welcome from Shelly and James. After some rest, we … Continue reading

Subversive e-textile – menu!

Somehow, i am getting pretty hungry reading all the recipe posts. So I present a menu which is not easily digestable. It is about human responsability, paradoxes of necessary order implying unavoidable disabuse of power. (By the way, I belong … Continue reading

Non Conductive Fabric


woven, non stretch fabric white/black/color 2m each Lycra jersey fabric white/black/color 2m each Tulle white/black 2m each Organza synthetic white/black 2m each Toile fabric 5m Yarn Assortment for knitting machine 6kg total Neoprene Company : Sedo Chemicals There will be … Continue reading

non conductive materials


Poppers/ Snaps This is an Ring Prong fastener 7mm in size. zipper hook ribbon safety pin stretchy ribbon stuffing Magnets (various sizes) We bought it from Polymorph We bought it from Modulor epoxy Company: Little Windows Characteristics: Easy to … Continue reading



Mono Audio Amp AdaFruit GEMMA Adafruit FLORA Accelerometer/Compass Sensor Adafruit Flora Color Sensor Adafruit Flora UV Index Sensor Adafruit Flora Adafruit Flora RGB Smart NeoPixel Adafruit USB lipo charger Adafruit Breadboard PCB Adafruit teensy LC Adafruit accelerometer Lilypad simple Sparkfun … Continue reading

Conductive Thread and Yarn


Conductive Thread High Flex 3981 7X1 Silver 14/000 company: Karl Grimm Characteristic: Very conductive, Solder-able Syscom Silver Thread company: Syscom Advanced Materials Characteristic: thin silver fiber twisted together. very conductive. Solder-able. Elitex Fadenmaterial Art Nr. 235/34 PA/Ag company: Imbut GmbH … Continue reading

Conductive fabric


Conductive fabrics Copper Ripstop Fabric Shieldex Kassel Company: Statex Characteristics: Corrosion proof copper-silver plated polyamide ripstop fabric, < 0.03 Ohms/cm2 surface resistivity. Shieldex Technik-tex P130 Company: Statex Characteristics: Silver plated knitted fabric, 78% Polyamide + 22% Elastomer plated with 99% … Continue reading

Panel Discussion

There will be a discussion on the topic of Softopia organized by Melissa, Ricardo, Rachel and Afroditi. Proposed Activity WORKSHOP 5 minutes: brainstorm properties of soft electronics 10 minutes: reporting back 5 minutes: brainstorm properties of future societies 10 minutes: … Continue reading

Block 3: E-textile Energy Harvesting

by Maurin Donneaud and Beam Pourquoi faire simple quand on peut faire compliqué ! Through this workshop we will experiment three possibilities for harvesting energy with textile materials. We will explore textiles that generate electricity with piezoelectric, thermoelectric and triboelectric … Continue reading

Block 2: Bio textiles


As electronics find their way into textiles, living organisms do so as well. Biotechnology in textiles and the application of living organisms in finishing and processing is a rising field of interest. Bacterial Cellulose (BC), as an example, receives attention due to … Continue reading

Block 2: Sensing EMFs through textiles

Given by Afroditi Psarra and Martin De Bie. This workshop encompasses the idea of intersecting science and art through e-textiles and wearables, by creating handmade technological artefacts that can sense electromagnetic fields. EMF schematic After a  presentation of references projects … Continue reading

Block 1: Beyond Arduino

Beyond Arduino

Given by Becky Stewart and Ingo Randolf. Arduino is a great microcontroller platform for getting started with electronics, but you may want to move beyond the Arduino IDE to program the Atmel microcontroller directly. We will show you how to … Continue reading

Block 1: Level up Arduino

Given by Liza Stark and Emilie Giles. Overview The goal of this workshop was to take Arduino to the next level – to tackle more complex concepts and develop a richer understanding of the coding that makes the hardware tick … Continue reading

Block 1: Pressure and Distance Sensing


Title: Pressure ad Distance sensing Credits: Admar Schoonen and Troy Nachtigall Year of invention: 2015 Description: The well known resistive pressure sensor made with velostat, but now with a twist: the same sensor can also be used to measure presence using … Continue reading

DIY Culture

Education and documentation of eTextile has been a topic for long time. In this focus group, I propose to look at the knowledge share process of eTextiles as DIY culture, including its punk spirit to engage in copy left movement … Continue reading

Performative eTextile

This focus group explore how eTextile function in the play of performance acts, and what is the role of eTextile on stage. As more and more technologies are used in performance context, I feel a lack of aesthetic language of … Continue reading

Subversive Techniques

From Knitting to Printing, we use many different textile techniques to create electronics objects. Could these techniques “subversive” for the coming era? What are the technical/ethical boundaries? What are the changes these techniques enable? Keywords: knitting, weaving, embroidery, printing,

Fictional eTextile

When we talk about the future vision of eTextile and technology, I can not help feeling the lack of story telling. With the help of design fiction/speculative design as method, can we create the story of future with eTextiles? Is … Continue reading

Harvesting Textile

harvesting textiles group e-textile summercamp

Our brief: Artists and designers have been proposing the ideas to grow textiles as the ways to think about environmental, sustainable, ethical issues surrounding the textile production. In this focus group, I propose to think about these issues including how … Continue reading

Block 3: eTextile and performance

By Anja Hertenberger and Mika Satomi Performance and stage act is one of the place we can expect wearable technology and e-Textiles to be taking a role more and more, as experimental “one-of” piece can exist on the stage with … Continue reading