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I would like to do something around “unteaching e-textiles”. Dealing with fashion students now, I am coming across preconceptions around “e-textiles as style” and with this a resistance to explore their material potential. I haven’t figured out yet how to successfully unteach these, but would like to do something around “back to the raw materials” to encourage quick and dirty conductivity, and demystify the impression of “high-tech” and “smart”. Each sample would be paired with a brief intro of the material / molecular structure / history / chemical reaction / whatever is relevant. Sample 1: Graphene – sticky tape method…

leddiffuser

The swatch explores how you can create customised 3d printed LED diffusers interlocking with felt, leather and neoprene.

Pressure matrix illustrations

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157691421107353

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(Rough idea, must be refined.) Volt thief circuit Textile battery holder – switch This circuit was part of my course “Energy for designers” – Wdka.nl January 2019  

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This swatch uses a simple fold to hide the led’s, it uses reflection on the fabric. Can become a testing swatch for reflexion if different fabrics are used in the folding. ATtiny85 for e sequence of 5 led’s (could be more using Charly flexing). 3V battery. Used for a course “Folding”. Other foldings are more elaborate.    

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Using filler and fabric. Neopixel for RGB colors. ATtiny85 for programming, 3V coin cell battery. could be adding an LDR sensor for interaction. Used for a skirt in my Bremen show, December 2018:

Pressure matrix illustrations

Translating RESISTANCE to VOLTAGE using a VOLTAGE DIVIDER!

Using thermochromic pigment to see and understand how resistance in a material becomes heat and how it spreads through different materials.

and Piezoresistance??? A series of small exercises that lead into understanding resistive properties of materials. How resistance can change…..