Dynamic Textiles

March 2012 – February 2013
The Dynamic Textiles project is engaged in research into the development and application of expressive smart textiles.

 

People involved:
Charlotte Alexander (postgraduate student, Creative Technologies), Dr Frances Joseph (TDL and Colab), Lyle Reilly (TDL and Dept Fashion and Textiles), Hyun Jin Yun (Postgraduate student, Dept Fashion and Textiles), Andrea Eimke (PhD student, Colab), Kim Newall (Research technician, Colab)

Description:
The Dynamic Textiles project is engaged in research into the development and application of expressive smart textiles. It includes staff and students from AUT’s Textile and Design Lab (TDL), The Department of Fashion and Textiles in the School of Art & Design and Colab Creative Technologies Research Institute.

While the TDL has been involved in e-textile research with industry partners since 2009, developing smart knitted textiles for health and sports applications, such projects are technically oriented and involve commercial IP. The Dynamic Textiles project has provided an opportunity to experiment and explore more expressive applications with an artistic rather than scientific research and development focus. This activity has also been supported by theoretical inquiry into the materiality, methodologies and aesthetics of e-textiles

In 2012 the Dynamic Textiles group were involved in an e-textiles scoping study, exploring materials, processes and technologies to be used in the development of resoponsive, Illuminated, knitted e-textiles for dance costumes.

In 2013 we are running a series of collaborative e-textiles workshops building on this work and extending into areas of smart coatings and embroidery techniques. Postgraduate projects in areas of illuminated, knitted e-textiles; smart furnishings; and e-textile thinking have been informed by this collaborative research project

 

Research publications:

  • Joseph, F. (2013) Collaborative Making: Developing expressive e-textiles for dance. Publication pending in Studies in Material Thinking, Vol 9. 2013. http://www.materialthinking.org/
  • Joseph F. 2012. Collaborative Making: Developing expressive e-textiles for dance. Proceedings Editors: Gulliksen MS, Riis K. Book of Abstracts: Making An International Conference on Materiality and Making. Telmark University College and The Nordic research network, Notodden. 72-72. Sep 2012

 

Contact:
Associate Professor, Frances Joseph: fjoseph@aut.ac.nz

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