Archive | September 2012

Animated Textiles at the Swedish School of Textiles

Just found this little video of some animated textiles that were produced during a workshop at the Swedish School of textiles. A similar origami structure that was explored at the workshop I attended in Rotterdam has been used to show movement. Lovely example of how much mileage there is with origami and textiles combined with technology.

<p><a href=”″>Animated Textiles</a> from <a href=””>materiability</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Animated Textiles from materiability on Vimeo.

This is what they say ”

Animated Textiles was a five-day workshop held at the Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås from Sept. 17th to 21st 2012.

Within this workshop we explored the combination of soft electroactive polymers with various lightweight textile systems to create animated surfaces, structures and assemblies. The workshop participants, both Master and Phd students, were split in three groups of four people each. After a generous introduction into the techniques of producing electroactive polymers, each group produced their own membranes based on iterative mutations of a previously defined working component. The necessary support frames were cut using a laser cutter. The components that exhibited the best behavior and strongest deformation were picked to become attached to textiles and fabrics in order to form animated ecologies of moving textile assemblies. At the end of the workshop each group had built a physical prototype which was then presented to a larger audience.”

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