MON: Meet the Materials

Monday, July 24th

This workshop will introduce participants to working with conductive materials like wool fibers, yarns and textiles. We will go through the process of how to sew or embroider simple circuits, how to make sensors through techniques such as felting and crocheting and how to add components such as LEDs.

We will explore the difference between conductive and resistive materials, teaching participants how to use a multimeter in the process. Along the day we are making several swatches with the different techniques. And we will finish by making a bracelet incorporating some of these swatches.

At the end we have a look at each other’s work and share experiences.


Workshop Leaders:

Aniela Hoitink | NEFFA

Textile innovation, but just that bit different, is what NEFFA is all about. Through her multi- and interdisciplinary way of working Aniela is investigating how we can and will use textiles in the future. She is interested in mimicking the skin and all its dynamic, changeable and living aspects. Like the skin is taking care of us, textiles could be taking care of us. Our skin is reacting to the way we are, the way we feel and how we behave. So each textile will act differently based on the wearer, just like we all have a different skin. For Aniela skin is the ultimate form of personalisation.


Emilie Giles

Emilie Giles is an researcher, artist and educator, her work spanning creative technology, crafting and pervasive gaming. She is a Ph.D. student at The Open University exploring how e-textiles can be used as interactive tools for blind and visually impaired people, using participatory design approaches. Emilie has much experience in teaching people how to build their own creative technology projects, having been Co-director and Head of Outreach and Participation at Codasign for over three years, and has taught physical computing with e-textiles to students at University of Westminster, London College of Communication and The Royal College of Art as well as to members of the public in museums such as the V&A and Tate Britain.