Archive | January 2012

Smart Textiles Summer Camp on Vimeo

A lovely little video showing some of the possibilities of getting a bunch of textile forward thinkers together. I think it’s a great idea and would love to join in. (hint hint!)

Smart Textiles Summer Camp on Vimeo on Vimeo

via Smart Textiles Summer Camp on Vimeo.



We have had a few very busy days. Lynsey is preparing for a research meeting to discuss the progress of the Smart Costumes project.  We are working on some ‘codedchromics’ colour-change sensors for the meeting tomorrow, Lynsey is printing them now.   

It’s all go here, but we’ll have some exciting stuff to share by the end of the week.

Lynsey and I are also going to visit LCR Hallcrest , Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, they manufacture thermochromic dye systems and produce a range of temperature sensing labels. They have supported my research for many years now (thank you LCR Hallcrest)  and we’re hoping they will support this project too. 


Running smoothly

Thought I should give a nod to the stellar duo behind the smooth running of the Print Room at the School of Textiles and Design.

May I present to you Tony and Anne….

Two of the most supportive and encouraging people I have ever had the fortune to work with.

I salute you!

INSPIRATION from Machines!


I am overwhelmed by this work! It’s fantastic!

If you like machines and noises and creative engineering then do yourself a favour and check out Pe Lang‘s work. He really knows how to make machines look beautiful!

Click here to see a little video which I think is particularly lovely

Keep it simple

It’s true to say that some of the best things in life are simple.

For me some of the most satisfying visual stimuli are not over complicated and detailed but minimal and understated.

Yesterdays printing tests were an example of this for me, the over complicated prints didn’t work as well as the tonal and simple contrasting compositions! Who woulda thunk it!!?

Even though this print appears as quite a violent contrasting pattern when inactive it heats up to reveal simple subtle layers which will look even better once baked!



As you can see from Dr Chromics post yesterday it was day for trying out some Fluorescent dyes. It was fun and the results of mixing the Flouro with the thermochromic gave some quite surprising results. Today will mainly be trying to limit the amount of contrast when the printed fabric is inactive as I don’t want this ‘RAVE’ warning workwear appearance that I’ve been getting with the yellow and black!!

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