Inhoudsopgave Episode 8
Maskerade 2008, kleur- en grijze potloden op papier, A5 (op A3 formaat).
Maskerade 2017, kleur en grijze potloden op papier, A4 formaat. Contribution by Yvonne van de Griendt
E-Textile-Swatch Exchange Rituals
Does the e-textile swatch “work”?
E-textile swatches means examples of electronic or interactive
textiles – or special materials, either technical or extra special natural…
If the swatch contains new materials or special techniques working could mean:
• The swatch can tell a story.
• The swatch can show a principle.
• The swatch shows a material.
• The swatch can be a sample of a process.
• The swatch when manipulated by hand shows an effect.
• The swatch can be a result of textile work, knitting, weaving,
• The swatch material worked – a long time ago – for example
the temperature dependent materials – the effect being
diminishing and disappearing in months.
If the swatch contains electronics, “working” could mean:
• The swatch can do an action with added electronics.
• The swatch can do an action if a battery is added.
• The swatch will do an action if a switch is pressed.
• The swatch “acts” – as long as the battery is working.
• The swatch “worked” – a long time ago – use of unstable
A few examples of “working” swatches.
Mili Tharakan. Zardosi embroidery
http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/zardozi-embroidery/ A story about an Indian designer discovering a village where embroideries with metal beads are made - being conductive.
Materials 1: Measure
Barbro Scholz. Manipulation of conductive surface
To see this swatch „work“ you need to measure resistance.
Electronics – battery included.
Zohar Messaca Fara, Maya Minder - Kombucha lick’o’meter hybrid circuit. http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/kombucha-lickometer-hybrid-circuit/
Battery included, and the touching is the switch. So this swatch “works” when touched, as long as the battery is working, because the battery cannot be replaced. The kombucha is biodegradable (story) – but of course the electronics and battery are not.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/contrechoc/51630103263/in/dateposted/ - to see it working.
Materials 2: Manipulation
Celine Marcq. Hide and Seek
To see this swatch work, you need to manipulate the materials, change the light direction, fold, overlay.
Worked, but now only sometimes. Not because of this: a Failure.
Because of this: Exhibit.
Beam. Inessential. http://etextile-summercamp.org/swatch-exchange/inessential/
First layer: add the battery, this also acts as a switch.
Because of use of conductive aluminum, which corroded over time,
the principle is not reliable anymore.
See this worked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tWzincoCXo
The second layer of this swatch is a story: by adding different words
for all of the items of this idea, creating stress in the swatch
exchange community, one member having the swatch with the
Since this swatch was a “failure” on the second level of community building. The swatch was shown as a part of the exhibition “Attempts, Failures, Trials and Errors” - exhibition project organized by 2580 Association (Cluj, Romania). This exhibition was shown in Bergen and other cities in Europe.
Photo credits: Stefan Sava. From the publication:
Third layer: Art component.
Publication Textiles 8
Technique: laser engravings.
We have to worry these days. Richer
than ever before, we are also more depressed
than ever before, because of our carbon
Print, trace, text.
We either print ink on paper to produce
text, or color pixels on a screen of a
computer to produce text.
Our thoughts leave an imprint. But this
printing on paper or a screen seems so
superficial. We want to go deeper with
publication textiles, and …
we can go deeper.
With laser engravings.
For this we use the drawings, kindly put at
our disposal by the editor Otaku.
And we zoom in:
Editor Marina Toeters
Citaten uit de Fashion Tech Farm Population:
36: My e-garments are now so protective
that they get drunk instead of me during
37: Intelligente patat gaf net aan mijn
intelligente kleding door dat ik meer op mijn
gezondheid moet letten.
38: Met Kerstmis heb ik mijn future
garments naast de Kerstboom gezet. We
zagen geen verschil meer.
39: I felt suddenly so lonely in my
interconnected smart wardrobe.
40: De leds in uw garments blijven
gegarandeerd de komende 10.00 jaar
About designers working in the Fashion tech Farm:
Sensitivity and empathy are lacking in the current wearable tech which is mainly designed from a practical, rational performance enhancing and solution driven perspective.
In fashion tech Malou Beemer is advocating designers can make a difference by the fusion the characteristics of practical wearable tech with communicative, social and the sensitive esthetics found in fashion which deals with human interaction and expression.
Victory over the Sun
Cavalry Editor Leonor Faber-Jonker