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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

Sample 2: Graphite – pencil drawings, graphite spray, and how dimensions relate to resistance

Sample 3: Oxidation – impact on conductivity and visual aesthetics

 


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