Smart Textiles Design Lab Blog at The Swedish School of Textiles

Publications
Understanding the complexity of designing dynamic textile patterns

ABSTRACT Through a smart textile design project we have identified two sets of complex issues generally relevant for design with state changing materials. Specifically, we show how the temporal dimension of smart textiles increase the complexity of traditional textile design variables such as form and colour. We also show how the composite nature of smart […]

Future Master Craftsmanship: Where We Want Electronic Textile Crafts to Go

Authors Mika Satomi Hannah Perner-Wilson Abstract: Craft, both as process and resulting artifact, implies notions of care, foresight, human skill and investment. In this paper we examine the practice of creating E-Textiles as a contemporary craft, and we ask ourselves what will become of this craft when the first fully automated machine for E-Textiles production […]

Designing with Smart Textiles: A New Research Program

Abstract: No longer is it sufficient to add ‘smart’ to textiles to secure interesting research results. We have surpassed the initial stages of explorations and testing and now need to raise the bar. We have thus specified a research program in which we investigate what it means to design with smart textiles. What can we […]

Textile Light Design

Abstract: What happens if light transforms into an integrated active part of a textile surface? The field of Smart Textiles is characterized by the use of a new generation of materials, which no longer have static expressions. They change their performance and expression in a given context through outer stimuli, introducing new dimensions in design […]

Designing Dynamic Textile Patterns
Designing Dynamic Textile Patterns

Worbin, Linda. 2010 Designing Dynamic Textile Patterns. PhD Thesis, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology and The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås.

Anxiety and trust and other expressions of interaction
Anxiety and trust and other expressions of interaction

Landin, Hanna. 2009. Anxiety and trust and other expressions of interaction. PhD Thesis, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology.

Knitted circuits …
Knitted circuits ...

Persson, Anna. 2009. Knitted circuits for visual and tactile interactive expressions. Thesis for the
degree of Licentiate of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology and The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås.

Computational Composites
Computational Composites

Vallgårda, Anna, 2009 “Computational Composites: Understanding the Materiality of Computational Technology” PhD dissertation, IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Denmark

A Material Strategy: Exploring Material Properties of Computers

Abstract: As design problems are inherently indeterminate or wicked, we have to rely on various strategies when practicing design. In this paper, we propose a material strategy that emphasizes the expressional potential of computers. We argue how computers, in principle, can be understood as a material for design and how they can be part of […]

A Wall Hanging as an Organic Interface

Abstract: We are developing a dynamic textile wall hanging as an interface to the atmosphere of a room. Atmospheres are elusive. An atmosphere is the result of an ongoing negotiation between the activities in the room and the expression of the material objects, the lighting, the temperature, and the boundaries of the room [4, 8]. […]