The unfolding of textileness in animated textiles: An exploration of woven textile-forms

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Designers of textile-based interactive systems tend to treat woven fabrics as static materials and lack deeper understandings of how the textile can be designed for responsive behaviours in artefacts. As a result, in most studies across design and HCI, textiles are employed as substrates for computational, biological, or smart materials. This narrow view limits the potential of textiles that can be programmed to express responsive behaviour through their inherent material qualities. Our paper aims at bridging this gap in the design of animated textile artefacts. We present woven textile-forms where textile structures are programmed to tune the behaviour of low-melt polyester yarn that shrinks when heat is applied, resulting in complex topological and textural woven forms that can change over time. Foregrounding woven-forms as a medium for animated textiles, our work calls for design and HCI researchers to pay attention to textileness for prolonged relationships between users and animated textile artefacts while eliminating waste from production and end of life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDRS Conference Proceedings 2022
EditorsDan Lockton, Sara Lenzi, Paul Hekkert, Arlene Oak, Juan Sádaba, Peter Lloyd
Place of PublicationBilbao, Spain
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-91229-457-2
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventDRS 2022 - Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 25 Jun 20223 Jul 2022

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NameDRS Biennial Conference Series


ConferenceDRS 2022
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  • animated textiles
  • textileness
  • woven textile-forms
  • smart textiles


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