New Textiles 2012


Flexible surface and conductive surface

This week I make two projects and also did experiments with the voronoi code. all is here: 1.The code for making a beehive This is the basic code, from this code it is possible to create spiral, circular and other patterns: /*This example illustrates a simple method to generate a set of deliberately placed points [...]

How to convert PDF to Vector file in Illustrator & AutoCad

Below is the procedure for converting your pdf file to a vector file in Illustrator: Open your pattern in illustrator Ctrl+A (Select All) — Right click — Release clippling mask Delete background (may have to do this twice) Default Fill and Stroke Select None for Fill Object — Ungroup (if grouped) Unclick/ deselect everything Select [...]

experiments with latex and silicone casting

For this week’s assignment I decided to try out several experiments with the latex and silicone as tools for making non woven textiles. The first thing I made is a simple rectangular piece with an LED embedded inside. I used conductive tape for the two ends of the LED and cast it inside the silicone. [...]

Starry Night

One of my favorite painting is Van Gogh’s Starry Night as evidenced through the pictures below. I wanted to recreate an abstract version of this painting using silicon and optic fibers. I first built a molt using Legos, I left holes where fiber optics should go. I then cut up several fiber optics pieces and scored cuts [...]

Micro (really mili) Fluidic Device

Micro fluidic devices are an emerging topic in Mechanical Engineering and have many applications in chemistry, biology, and medicine. The goal of this project was to create a larger micro fluidic device from silicone to demonstrate some of the properties of low Reynolds number flows  without a microscope. A few mili fluidic devices I made in 2.674 are [...]

Some experimants

Thermochromatic Grid I colored thread with thermochromatic ink (just dipped it in a cup with some liquid color). After it dried I used the bumps of the Lego bricks of the walls of the mold to create a grid with two layers of thread. The original idea was to put current on the tread but [...]

Composite Variations

This week I made three composite textiles using a duplication polymer that is mostly used in dentistry. I also use this polymer to make many of the samples I use in my research, so I thought it would be fun to use it in new and experimental ways.


This week, since I had never caste silicon, I decided to focus my project on learning the basics of casting. However, as with all of my projects, I wanted to ensure that there was seme functional purpose to me efforts. Introducing the Walicon — A Wallet Made of Silicon. In addition to making a function [...]

Lifting up … then down …

Flexinol wire can exhibit an astonishing grace when it lifts up with current and then relaxes without. I find this movement particularly elegant when the piece of fabric (with flexinol stitched in) is suspended. Then, the action of lifting up with current then slowly releasing without is most balletic.

Bunny Ears

Easter is right around the corner! Bunny Ears bring a paper bunny to life as it wiggles and moves its ears. 1. Cut out the bunny shaped template pictured below. You can download the pdf version at the bottom of this post. 2. Use conductive tape, flexinol, mosfet to outline the circuitry depicted below. Use [...]