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A golden cape woven from the silk of over a million wild spiders is on show at the V&Amuseum in London.
The four metre long woven textile was made from the silk of more than a million female Golden Orb spiders collected in the highlands of Madagascar. The hand-woven brocaded textile is naturally golden in colour and took over four years to create.
Simon Peers from the UK and Nicholas Godley from the USA created a hand-operated machine for harvesting silk from the spiders based on a design from over 100 years ago.
Golden orb spiders were collected from the wild, harnessed to the machine so the silk could be extracted and set free again at the end of each day.
It takes about one week for the spiders to regenerate their silk so the same spiders can be used again and again. 23,000 spiders are needed to create about 28g of silk, which is naturally golden in colour.
The Early Winter Night Biking Gloves aim at augmenting established movements while riding a bike with a layer for personal security.
Raising visibility is a big issue for urban bikers. The Gloves aesthetically and functionally translate this need: Winter nights come early, thus there is more need for extra lighting; at the same time it is cold, so wearing gloves is necessary anyway. Preserving the look and feel of normal gloves, LEDs showing a turn signal light up when the hand is stretched out and a fist is formed are a strong signal for following cars.
The Early Winter Night Biking Gloves consist of knitted wool gloves having conductive areas on each fingertip as well as on the palm of the hand. When forming a fist they close an electric circle, causing the LED-arrow at the back of the hand to light up. A 3V coin cell battery needed to power the LEDs is hidden in the cuff of the gloves.
In the design process it was important to me to keep gestures to turn the lights on as natural as possible and the technology behind it just as complex as necessary. I experimented with a few interaction scenarios (you can see some examples here). Choosing gloves as the basis allows to have the signal actually at the further most extension of your body, being for following cars not just an indication that you are turning, but also what distance they should keep from you. Also, risks that the signal is covered by a backpack or similar, as possible when directly mounted in a jacket for example, are kept minimal.
Additionally to increasing the safety of cyclists, conductive areas on the fingertips also allow to use your smartphone while wearing the gloves.
Made by the french and young designer Mattis Ensault, “Ondule” is a prototype of a lounge seat which is a visual translation of digital sound as the undulating texture represents waves and frequency. the textile is pulled over a solid base and attached along a predefined weft.
Stemming from reflections upon the universe of audiovisual, and more generally upon digital technology, this project is inspired by some strong images which emanate from it. How to make this virtual world pass into the material world and the universe of textures, or how to evoke a livened up surface by means of the supple material?
A skin came to cover the seat. This work of quilting gave birth to a surface that seems to liven up and follow undulations.
The texture, consisting of foam doubled by 3D textile of the Kvadrat brand, becomes dynamic and brings a relief to the surface which catches and reflects light everywhere on the seat. The initial reference to the digital technology then lets appear an organic aesthetic, that the material revealed.
This project was born in the context of a call for VIA projects (Enhancement of Innovation in Furniture) at the French schools of design, to create a piece of furniture.
CETI (European Centre for Innovative Textiles) is launching the FUTUROTEXTILES AWARDS, the First International Competition dedicated to Innovative Textiles and Design.
A research centre of international calibre and industrial excellence in the fi eld of Advanced Textile Materials and New Flexible Materials, CETI is dedicated to innovation, prototyping and technological development.
To mark its opening, a number of events are planned for professionals and the general public: professional conferences, the exhibition FUTUROTEXTILES#3, Cetilab dedicated to business and cultural exchanges and the FUTUROTEXTILES AWARDS, an International Competition dedicated to Innovative Textiles and Design.
The competition is aimed at both professionals in architecture, design, landscape or industrial design (individual, agency or company) and students from higher education establishments.
FUTUROTEXTILES AWARDS aims to promote in general and the use of new fl exible and composite materials, in urban design and for everyday use.
It will sign the textile industry and textile design up to a policy of excellence and launch CETI on the international stage by making the metropolis part of an economic, scientifi c and creative dynamic.
The challenge is to highlight one’s creativity to develop the textiles of the future or discover new applications.
>>>>The final date for receipt of entries is the 6th of April 2012 – Midday. No participation fee is required. Winners and Nominees shall be announced in June 2012 and may attend to the CETI’sopening.
Who ? : CETI > WEBSITE
Thank you for welcoming me to Fashioning Tech. I have been in the wearable tech business for three years. I manufacture The Woofer, a coat for dogs with speakers built in. I would welcome somebody that makes this kind of tech for humans or other tech for dogs. I have so much fun doing this. Being part of a fashion community is even better.
We’ve been experimenting with the laser cutter to see what we can create.
With a gear generator tool built by Dzl and an ability to draw some shapes, we created “Steampunk butterflies” and the very geeky steampunk backpack for a costume party.
The laser cut butterflies and gears were made from ikea packing materials, namely, the leftover cardboard that our new costume closet (wardrobe) came in. We thought we should give them a second life and so we decided to laser cut and spray paint gold the cardboard which gave it a really nice look.
Photos of the process are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/geekphysical/sets/72157629162864775/
Also used some of the extra butterflies as eye makeup:
We invite you to explore the marriage of traditional embroidery and electronics in an e-textile workshop, on Saturday and Sunday 17.-18.3.2012.
Embracing crafting traditions and open design, the workshop takes place in Helsinki as a part of Pixelversity 2012. Your embroidered creations will be exhibited as a collaborative art piece after the workshop at Camp Pixelache Open Design Stalls on 12.5.2012.
For more info please click here.
Register now if you wish to join the workshop!
You are also free to drop by and witness the crafting in progress. More information and the program: