How to Make Textiles Move

Watching the Moiré effect

How to Make Textiles Move

In the 5th E-Textile Workspace we focused on the question how to make textiles move. Previously, some ad hoc experimentation with Flexinol shape memory alloy was done, but we all agreed it would be interesting to see what we could come up with independently.

This workspace session was more practically oriented, so there is not much discussion to be shared this time. Read previous E-Textile Workspace sessions.

The participants presented several samples during the session, trying to achieve movement with their textiles. In general, everybody achieved a certain degree of movement with their textiles/samples; the difficult part was to achieve movement in a subtle way and without too much noisy mechanics, in order to obtain a better/smoother effect.

Deployable Structures

Meg experimented with deployable structures. She translated geometrical patterns - designed by the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge - into textile equivalents. See the full documentation on Meg's blog.

Deployable Pattern 2

Trained Muscle Wire

 Aduen and Anouk trained a piece of muscle wire in a ceramics oven, proving that you don't have to buy pre-trained wire. 

Moiré Effect

 Stan was inspired by the idea of shielding yourself from the surveillance camera's that surround us everywhere. Shimmering ("moving") textile could distort the camera's, known as the Moiré effect. Depending on the quality of the used webcam and the distance towards the camera, the Moiré hoody did the trick.


Aduen Darriba
Marina Toeters
Dorith Sjardijn
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