A Garment That Breathes

by anasto

For the final project, I will expand on my project from the moving textile assignment. I folded a collapsable structure with paper and used nitinol shaped like a spring to expand and collapse the structure as the current is switched on and off. The resulting motion made the paper structure look like it was breathing, so I called it “paper lungs”.

I will translate this concept to a larger scale project, where I will create a garment with fabric instead of paper. The creases will be created in the fabric by stitching fabric together along fold lines. I will use nitinol springs along the length of the panels to expand and contract the fabric, to give the impression that the garment is breathing.

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