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Credits (24 swatches): Adrian Freed, Aniela Hoitink, Anna Blumenkranz, Audrey Briot, Audrey Briot, Barbro Scholz, Beam, Becca Rose, Becky Stewart, Celine Marcq, Claire Williams, Emilie Giles, Esteban de la Torre and Judit Eszter Kárpáti, Giulia Tomasello, Hannah Perner-Wilson, Irene Posch, Lara Grant, Liza Stark, Marta Kisand, Martin De Bie, Maurin Donneaud, Melissa Coleman, Rachel Freire, Ricardo O’Nascimento
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  Title: Where there is a Whug there is a Way: Triaxial e-textile Breadboard Credits:Adrian Freed Year of Invention: 2017 Description: Rectangular grids are dominant forms in electronics and textiles. Triaxial grids have not been explored in e-textile work so this breadboard is offered to begin these explorations. Triaxial grids sample the plane with higher density and the availability of whug wires as well as warp and woof simplifies circuits by providing a natural power/ground/signal triple References/Inspirations (please include links!): core memory beading, triaxial textiles, basket weaving, multitouch Materials: Cane, copper tape Techniques: Weaving Dimensions (in cm): TBD Photo: Patterns, Templates, Schematics,…

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Title: Vibrating Speaker Credits: Claire Williams Year of Invention: 2016 Description: This  vibrating speaker can be easily crafted and then adjusted on any resonating surface transforming them into a vibrating surfaces using low sound frequencies. This research is based on Hannah Peter Wilson experiments on textile speakers. These experimentations are part of a larger research on textile coils and electromagnetism using sound frequency’s to create vibrating textile surfaces. References/Inspirations: -Textile speakers: http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2936 – Igne Oyasi coil: http://etextile-summercamp.org/2014/movement-of-fabric-and-coils/ -1 Bit Textile: http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/1-bit-textile/ -Knitted Coil: http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/knitted-coil/   Materials: Copper, Magnet, High gain Amp (x200) Techniques: Winding Dimensions (in cm): 1,5 cm diameter…

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Title: Bits & Boobs Credits: Anna Blumenkranz Year of Invention: 2017 Description: A potentiometer inspired by burlesque nipple pasties and bra designs. The swinging conductive tassel in the middle of the pasties acts as a wiper, resistive Velostat immitates the bra form. Connect it to a lilypad and a speaker, and you will hear audio-output changing with the position of the tassel. This swatch is a part of an ongoing investigation into female body in connection with wearables and e-textiles. Unlike outerwear for men, designing interactive elements for female body can be quite tricky, as it involves taboos, awkwardness or…

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Description: 3D printed snap connector on top of conductive thread traces sewn onto a woven and knit fabric. The socket of the snap is printed from a compostable flexible filament, the post is printed using a conductive filament. When snapped together, the conductive post makes contact with the thread running through the middle of the socket creating an electrical and mechanical connection.  Credits: Lara Grant Year of Invention: 2016 References/Inspirations: 3D printing onto Thermochromics by Lindsay Calder: https://codedchromics.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/3d-printing-onto-thermochromics-it-glows/ 3D printed Origami Textiles by Meg Grant: https://vimeo.com/44396648 Shirt Circuit DIY Wearable Breadboard Circuits byClement Zheng: https://www.instructables.com/id/Shirt-Circuit-DIY-Wearable-Breadboard-Circuits/ Knitted Breadboard by Irene Posch & Ebru Kurbak: http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/knitted-breadboard-and-punchcard/ # 3D…

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Title: Tell Me A Story (working title) Credits: Emilie Giles (with concept and design developed with Prof. Janet van der Linden and Prof. Marian Petre Year of Invention: 2017 Description: This swatch comes directly from participatory design workshops which I have been running with members of the BucksVision, a charity which provides services for blind and visually impaired people in Buckinghamshire, UK. Me and my supervisors have been working with people of difference ages, with different levels of sight, to make their own personal e-textile objects. The participants have been exploring which fabrics, yarns and other materials might make them…

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TITLE: Alive CREDITS: Giulia Tomasello YEAR OF INVENTION: 2017 DIMENSIONS:~10×10 DESCRIPTION: Growing bacteria to dye textiles. Bacterial dyes as an alternative, or an answer to many questions around the textile and clothing dyeing processes, providing a non-chemical solution and an organic natural cold dye bath. Focusing on one side to the creative living experimentation and on the other side exploring scalability, impact, and outcomes. Including mindful design approaches for sustainable e-textiles and bio-textiles, diving into how biotechnology will change the industry and at the same time benefit the planet. Work in progress – developing, researching and testing bacteria, nutrients, reactors, in order to change the color of…

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Credit: Audrey Briot Year of invention: 2015 – 2017 Dimensions: 9cm x 12 cm Description: Versatile comes to me as an interior of a transition space, maybe a concept-car inspired by beds “à la polonaise”. In this space you take the time to wake you up, the time to reach the surface… this surface is scattered by light, a light that crosses corals. Versatile is a module which evaluate with the surrounding. Imagine you in a cocooning space with this starry sky of these intelligent eyes above: at night, optic fibers plunge you into a luminous wave world . When the sun…

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Title: Pin Probe Credits: Irene Posch Year of Invention: 2015 – 2017 Description: The Pin Probe is a test lead to connect between a multimeter and conductive fabric or thread. The probe consists of a pin to make temporary but firm contact with textile materials without harming them. A soft and flexible textile cable then connects the probe to a banana plug to connect to a multimeter. The Pin Probe is designed to aid processes of textile electronic making, allowing to pin the probe to the textile material and have both hands free for the crafting routine. Directly while stitching…

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*Credits : Maurin Donneaud, Cedric Honnet, Audrey Briot *Year of Invention : 2017 *Description : As part of a research on pressure sensitive textile matrices, we developed a new technique to improve the accuracy of the sensor. Composed of conductive strips arranged as grids, the sensor resolution is limited to 256 physicals sensors (16 by 16 matrix). To have a sensor of a convenient size (e.g. the width of the shoulders), the limited amount of stripes makes them a bit thicker than a finger width. This limitation makes the inter-strips gaps perceivable when sliding on the sensor. A physical interpolation…

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Working title: Sticks, Stones and Shells in a circuit Pauline Vierne 2017   Description: In forests, cemeteries, on beaches, I collect wood, feathers, shells or little stones. Back home I keep them somewhere to remember the moments. There comes a desire to weave these memories into the everyday practice of electronic textiles. I think about adding a conductive layer to the materials for them to be part of a simple circuit. This mobile is made of a wooden stick plated with “gold leaves” in three parts. The gold flakes are made of aluminum and coloured with copper. The magic lies in their conductivity, and they also…

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Credits: Martin De Bie Year of Invention: 2017 Dimensions (in cm): 4.0 x 5.2  Description: I always look after a way to make pcb with textile through a complete and perennial process. During long time, laser cutting and using fusible was the best way for me to make this circuit like textilo that i made two years ago for the swatchBook or for the workshop “Sensing EMFs through textiles” last year. But after few manipulation, the connection can break (1, 2) and it’s very fragile. So i decide to try other technics to consolidate the circuit. For the swatch book this year, i continue…

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WORKING TITLE: Centroid CREDITS: Becky Stewart YEAR OF INVENTION: 2017 DIMENSIONS: 60 x 60 x 2mm Description Capacitive sensing allows for a wide variety of construction techniques to be used to created textile sensors. Just about any conductive thread or textile can be used, though it takes careful engineering to get the best sensor response. Creating a grid of sensors allows for interactions similar to gestures used to communicate with a phone (swiping, tapping, etc) to be possible on a textile. While they certainly did not invent this type of interface, Google’s Project Jacquard has popularized the approach. In order to apply gesture…

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Credits: Liza Stark Year of Invention: 2017 Description: Fringes hang beneath. They create the boundary between finished object and the outer world. They asked to be fondled, touched, and grabbed. They give movement to otherwise static textiles. This swatch employs a pulling mechanic to turn fringe into a switch. Ribbons, fabric scraps, and other textile leftovers are placed between two conductive patches drawn together by magnets. When pulled out, the patches make contact and trigger an LED. Each switch is part of a series of voltage dividers acting as a resistor ladder that allows multiple switches to exist on one…

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Credits: Barbro Scholz Year of Invention: 2017 Description: The Light Pad is a sample of my work around textile lamps and light diffusion. Spreading light and getting a nice light surface is a chanllenge in e textile projects, espacially when there is little space to create a distance for diffusion. The Light-Pad solves this with a built up material sandwich and by inserting the light from the side using the material’s ability to conduct the light. Instruction: Cut a pice of spacer-fabric in 5*5cm Sew a cover of Monifilamentweave fitting the 5*5cm Apply LEDs on one side. using  bigger surface,…

Hide and Seek Sample

  Title: HIDE AND SEEK Credits: Celine Marcq Year of Invention: 2017 Description: HIDE AND SEEK is the continuation of a project started two year ago which explores the potential of reactive inks to create dynamic prints for responsive and communicating surfaces. This sample is a interactive tool attempting to gather important material finding I had during my research. The result is a collection of dynamic prints made with different techniques (Screen printing, paper marbling) which, alone or on top of each other, let you play with natural (or artificial) light to create different optical effects. Indeed, the use of…

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TITLE: Amorphous Allotropes CREDITS: EJTECH /Esteban de la Torre and Judit Eszter Kárpáti/ YEAR OF INVENTION: 2016 DIMENSIONS:~ 6 x 6 x 0.5 cm  DESCRIPTION ’When carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms bond in a certain way to form sugar, the resulting compound has a sweet taste. The sweetness resides neither in the C, nor in the O, nor in the H; it resides in the pattern that emerges from their interaction. It is an emergent property. Moreover, strictly speaking, is not a property of the chemical bonds. It is a sensory experience that arises when sugar molecules interact with the chemistry…

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Title: Layered Chromics Credits: Marta Kisand Year of Invention: 2017 Description: Layered chromics sample is a water and temperature combination affected textile sample. Depending on whether a warm (over 27 C) or cold (below 27 C) water touches the sample, a specific color and/or pattern appears.   The layered combination of the chromic inks is build up in 3 layers. First is a thermochromic magenta + blue pigment layer. Second is black thermochromic layer with a pattern. Third is all hydrochromic layer. 1st layer thermochromic magenta + blue pigment:   2nd layer black thermochromic layer with a pattern:   3rd layer is…

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Author Ricardo O’Nascimento Description This latex changes colour when exposed to temperatures above 34 degrees going from a colourful mixture to a beige natural latex look. It can be used in combination with the heat circuit (link) to create drawings, patterns and even animations. piece of latex on natural temperature around 23 degrees celsius piece of latex around 37 degrees celsius Step by step Instructions The thermocromic latex is made by mixing liquid latex and thermocromic ink. I have to confess that i was adding the thermocromic ink following a visual reference until the latex reached the desired color, no…

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Credits: Rachel Freire Year of Invention: 2017 Dimensions:14x8cm Description: Experimentation with 3D printing to create bonded seams between regular and printed stretch fabrics and how this can connect to conductive traces and garments. The intention is to eventually create 3D printed panels for pockets and traces which can be printed in slices to create volume. Printed on a Makerbot Rep2 as they are reasonably accessible and can be easily modified for stretch and conductive filament. work in progress images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelfreirestudio/albums/72157680164823752 related eTextile connectors: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelfreirestudio/albums/72157682001847945 References/Inspirations: Credit: Andreas Bastian, mesh design http://a360.co/2pEgkJn Inspiration: Lara Grant swatch exchange 2017: http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/conductive-snap-fabric/ Lara Grant’s…

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Credits: Aniela Hoitink Year of Invention: 2017 Description: Biodegradable conductive mycelium textile References/Inspirations: Initially I started using technology in textiles also as a way to make the consumer keep their clothes for a longer period of time. However seeing that people are buying a new mobile phone every year just to have the latest technology, it made me realize that this idea was not right. I wondered why we still are making clothes that should last for 40 years, even though we are wearing them for one or two years nowadays. Also the integration of technology in textiles is open…

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YEAR OF INVENTION: 2017 CREDITS: Beam DIMENSIONS: 150 x 110 mm DESCRIPTION With a rectangular piece of carbon non woven, two analog inputs and 4 LED’s a device can be made which indicates on which quadrangle of the carbon a droplet of water has been fallen. Over the rectangular piece of carbon non woven a voltage is applied. In a dry state this will cause a linear fall in voltage. A droplet will disturb this distribution and cause a local more flat and in the surrounding area a more steep voltage difference. By measuring at the middle left and right,…

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  CRYSTAL MESH Credits: Melissa Coleman and Rachel Freire Year of Invention: 2017 Dimensions: 8cm x 8cm x 0.4cm Description: A mesh fabric with a sewn-in e-textile LED circuit that’s been crystallised. This sample is made in the style of Electric Crystallography – a new work that will be published in 2017.     Materials Inspiration / References: Double Layer Tulle, 2016 by Anja Hertenberger – http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/double-layer-tulle/ Second Skin, 2016 by Rachel Freire – http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/second-skin/   Growing Inspiration / References: Grow- or PopSwatch, 2016 by Svenja Keune – http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/grow-or-popswatch/ Conductive Kombucha, 2016 by Giulia Tomasello – http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/conductive-kombucha/   Materials: mesh fabric…

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Title: Darned and mended Credits: Becca Rose (initial exploration in collaboration with Erica Jewell and Julie L. Parisi) Year of Invention: 2016 Materials and tools: Conductive yarn, worn garments, darning mushroom, darning needle Techniques: Cloth darning Dimensions: Approx. 8 x 10cm, but due to the nature of this swatch (I will be using actual worn garments) the size of each swatch may vary a little. Description: Darned and mended swatches use conductive yarns to create pressure sensors around worn areas of garments. These swatches are part of work I started last year and you can see a blog post and…

Alt Titles: Veiled Tilt, Dangerous Sensors: Tilt, Transparent & Dangerous CREDITS: Hannah Perner-Wilson YEAR OF INVENTION: 2017 DIMENSIONS: 100 x 100 x 5 mm DESCRIPTION Their enticing sharpness allows pins to pierce through materials, including our skin. As straight lines they are capable of amplifying the movement of a surface they’re connected to, and collectively they accumulate into a soft manoeuvreable fur. With a hole on one end they can pull a soft line of thread through other materials, holding these together to construct three-dimensional forms. Being made of metal they are able to conduct electricity, and can be used…