Smart Textiles Design Lab Blog at The Swedish School of Textiles


What could be the role of textile user interfaces in the digital age?
YOUR BALANCE is an interactive, textile jewelery with the inspiration taken from insects.
It is a critical design project that deals with the control through the 24/7 availability and the expectation of efficient time-use we live with today. It questions our passive acceptance of applications of control in our daily life and ask what we want textile user interfaces to be. The three textile sensors monitor the movements of the employer to a system, watched by the employer to control the employee’s life balance. Communication between employer and employee becomes closer, the amount of work and responsibilities can be adjusted according to the data and long-term efficiency is provided. Are we like worker-bees, working efficiently towards the center of the hive?

Materials: Bobbin-Lace of: Monofilament, Silver-Thread, and Bekinox-Thread; Magnets.


1,2,3 Scenario Pictures, Overview Sensors (photographer Jan Berg)
4,5,6 armsensor, shouldersensor, kneesensor
7 balance graph

Barbro Scholz


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