There is something kinda nice about the analog interaction of Cooperjay Kim‘s kinetic skirt. Often when embedding sensor technologies into wearables, you are only privy to the reaction without really knowing the cause. Sensor technologies have a way of making the invisible (i.e. pollutants in the air) visible (i.e. LED patterns on dress) but the experience is entirely passive.
Cooperjay uses ordinary knobs to control the motors embedded in the skirt. The act of a twisting a knob is followed by the reaction of the skirt folding at the edges.
The material construction of the skirt is quite lovely
although from the images I can not determine exactly what materials were used . Cooperjay used ironing board fabric in combination with thick cardboard paper to create the skirt.