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THERMOCHROMICS controlled by ARDUINO

This is a sneak peak at one panel of the ‘Smart’ Costume changing in sequence using an arduino controller…

the front/top

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More to follow as soon as possible

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One Fold – One Love!

It’s funny how an introduction to a certain design, technique, fold, skill or material can lead to an obsession with (in my case) a certain origami fold pattern! Is it funny tho? Is it just what we do? Is it our way of working as designers? Do we see the potential in the simplicity of an engineered shape and explore it’s aesthetic potential!? Well, for me, if it hadn’t been for the DEAF 2012 workshop that I attended last year I don’t think I’d be so obsessed with this particular origami fold! I have several people to thank for that – Meg Grant, Anja Hertenberger, Leonie UrffFlorian Horsch and Mika Satomi.

Before I had the pleasure of meeting the talented individuals above I had started here

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Then as a team we arrived here –

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And since then I’ve used the same fold again and again and again! This is just one textile sample under four different conditions that appears as different colours. Still… so much more I could do with this!

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Inspiration comes from Studio Roosegaarde – LOTUS

 

They’ve only gone and done it again… Beautiful cool simple AND it interacts with you! I love what Studio Roosegaarde do, and this is no exception! Nice!

“LOTUS 7.0 is a living wall composed of smart foils that fold open in response to human behavior. Walking by LOTUS, hundreds of aluminum foils unfold themselves in an organic way; generating transparent voids between private and public.
Via LOTUS, physical walls are made immaterial, giving way to a poetic morphing of space and people.
Specifications:
2010-2011. Curved wall of 4 x 2 meters with hundreds of smart foils, lamps, sensors, software and other media.
Client:
Self-commissioned by Studio Roosegaarde.
LOTUS DOME is a living dome made out of hundreds of smart flowers which fold open in response to human behavior. Deep inside the 17th-century Sainte Marie Madeleine Church in Lille LOTUS DOME creates an interactive play of light and shadow.
As a futuristic vision on the Renaissance LOTUS DOME merges elements of architecture and nature into an interactive environment.
Client:
Commissioned by the City of Lille for Lille3000 FANTASTIC exhibition curated by Caroline David.”

You can go here to see it http://www.studioroosegaarde.net/project/lotus-dome/

Time to Dye

AT LAST!!!!!! I’m printing! wahoooooo…..

First things first I needed to tidy Dr Chromic’s (Sara) cupboard which will now be shared with me… It was an exciting task as there’s all sorts of Liquid Crystal and Leuco Dyes, special binders and unidentified bits and pieces. As you can see it is now all neat and tidy and in order of temperature threshold!

 

 

Then picking some Black leuco dye that changes at 40 degrees and some other colours with lower temperature thresholds.

 

Pushing the dye through a sieve was required to remove lumps and therefore get a better print finish. After a good mix into the binder I have 4 colours and I’m dying to get going. I’m ready to print with my new screens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First layer of the design goes on and waits to dry.

 

 

 

 

I’m satisfied with the result and after baking the designs return to white really quite well and I’m happy with the designs which I’ll hopefully be taking further.

A successful day printing.

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