Towards Performative Woven Textile-form Interfaces

Alice Buso*, Holly McQuillan, Milou Voorwinden, Elvin Karana

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In this paper, we explore how textile-form thinking, i.e., the simultaneous design and construction of the textile and form, can be leveraged as a strategy to embrace and unlock the performative potential of woven interactive textiles to building towards more intuitive interactions with woven interactive textiles in our everyday. First, we designed and wove five textile-form interfaces, working as contact switches and sensors, with sensing capabilities and diverse performative qualities. Then, we investigated the action possibilities of the interfaces in an exploratory study. Grounded on the study's outcomes, we identified three design themes relative to the performativity of our woven textile-form interfaces. Finally, we derived practical design tactics that designers can apply to design for the performativity of woven textile-form interfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextile Intersections 2023
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventTextile Intersections 2023 - Loughborough, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Sept 202323 Sept 2023
Conference number: 3rd


ConferenceTextile Intersections 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Woven Textile-form Interfaces
  • Performativity
  • Textile-form thinking
  • E-textiles


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