Isabel Cabral: Thermochromic Origami

Credits: Isabel Cabral & A. P. Souto
Year: 2012-2013
Materials: 50%CO 50%PES Textile Substrate, Thermochromic Pigments (27ºC trigger temperature), Conventional Pigments, Binder with stiffness agent and paper touch agent, Aluminum foil, Wood glue
Techniques: Screen printing, Spectrophotometer measurements, Origami
Dimensions: 3x3cm (height collapsed-1cm; not collapsed ± 15cm)

This sample applies a research phase of my current PhD Program in Textile Engineering.

The objective of these experiments consist of the development of systematized processes to elaborate paste recipes and screen printing with thermochromic (TC) and conventional pigments in order to obtain a defined colour ratio from diverse colours to similar ones (above and below temperature variation of the TC pigments handled).

Research focus on smart textiles is also leading this project through form-finding which may present dynamic performance. Within the japanese art of folding paper – origami – were found structural and expressive possibilities to develop collapsible geometric constructions. In order to fold the fabric and achieve sharp creases and stable structures it was necessary to improve the textile substrate characteristics.

Reference of this research: Cabral, I. & Souto, A. P. (2013). Thermochromic Textiles Structures: Dynamic Ambient Light Design. The 7th Design Principles and Practices Conference. Paper presented at University of Chiba. 6-8 March Chiba , Japan.

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