Digital Lace

Sara Robertson, 2014
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“Digital Lace” will explicitly pool together the craft skills base and expertise of printed textile practitioner and thermochromic specialist, Sara Robertson (SR) and constructed textile practitioner and light-emitting optical fibre specialist, Sarah Taylor (ST). The exhibit will exploit and amalgamate the responsive technologies of smart dye and fibre with digital-control technologies. The exhibit explores textile craft practice using responsive materials and takes inspiration from 17th century lace samplers to create a digital lace table runner (sample). The table runner will prompt interaction and create a collision of craft and technology triggering dynamic and unexpected visual effects through the combination of:

• the lace inlay textile which will be made from black Holland Linen printed with a newly developed, white-scattering liquid crystal thermochromic dye, polymer optical fibres and heat sinks;
• liquid crystal thermochromic dyes which change from opaque (white) to transparent (or coloured) on temperature change which will be screen-printed and be triggered to change by digital control creating lace effects which appear, disappear and reappear again;
• optical fibre which will be hand etched to exploit light loss along the fibre length within pre-determined design effects. RGBW (red, green, blue and white) LEDs (light-emitting diodes) will be used to create novel lighting effects.
• colour and lighting control will trigger a collision of light, colour and tonal effects within the material to create novel light and shadow effect interplay.
• digital control and interaction will use integral LEDs and circuitry for light emission and heat transmission; proximity/touch sensors will be integrated for interaction.


Dentelle numérique
La Dentelle numérique est le résultaat probant de la mise en commun de deux savoir-faire particuliers :
• la maîtrise de techniques artisanales textiles et l’expertise en impression textile, et plus spécifiquement sur les encres thermochromiques, de Sara Robertson
• les connaissances en tissage de Sarah Taylor, également spécialiste en fibres optiques conductrices de lumière
La pièce exposée est le résultat d’une fusion de technologies intelligentes de teinture réactive sur fibres dernière génération avec assistance numérique. Elle explore la pratique artisanale du textile, utilisant des matériaux réactifs avec l’inspiration du travail de la dentelle du 17ème siècle.
Le résultat de cette recherche est la création d’un chemin de table numérique et interactif, qui aménage un lieu de rencontre, de la fusion au choc visuel, entre artisanat et dernières technologies aux effets visuels dynamiques et inattendus.