Archive | February 2012

Thermopaper – magically turning black

An exciting day at work ended with finding the work of artist Albin karlsson who lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.   ‘Thermopaper’ is a motor driven piece on which a roll of paper slowly travels from one roll to another turning black in the middle. The slow movement and almost magical change of the piece is really intriguing. 


Fabric Potentiometer

Andrew Kieran (also a student at Heriot-Watt in the third year of  Design for Textiles) has created this fabric potentiometer – see this link to his blog to have look at what he has been working on: 


Introducing the CLAPE (name to be revised!)

So Prototype work has begun on a garment that can be interactive in some way with its environment.

First things first some shapes and concepts need to be explored. Here is a cross between a cape and a cloak hence the name ‘clape’ (not sure I like that yet!)

This was a 5 minute challenge to myself to see if I could produce a concept piece with newsprint, pins and a tailors dummy.

The colours in the background are some thermochromic tests…


Colour-change yarn and woven fabric

We wanted to share some of the exciting work being produced by the Design for Textiles students at Heriot Watt University.  This thermochromic yarn and woven fabric was produced by Sabrina Church in just four weeks! Sabrina is in the final year of her degree and will be graduating in June 2012 – so watch this space….

Before and after heating the thermochromic yarn and fabric …… if you would like to contact Sabrina about her work



Adafruits new app for electronics and more! BRILLIANT

This nifty wee app for working out resistance values and the like is such a dream come true for me.

The deal is that Circuit Playground simplifies electronics reference & calculation so you can have more fun hacking, making, & building your projects! This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.

Not only does it satisfy my need to geek but it looks cool too! Win win!


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