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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    E-Textile Tailor Shop by KOBAKANT
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    Since 2020, Hannah is guest professor of the Spiel&&Objekt Master's program at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin

    From 2013-2015 Mika was a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley

    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab

    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
    We support the Open Source Hardware movement. All our own designs published on this website are released under the Free Cultural Works definition
    Non-Conductive Materials


    This sample came from The Swedish School of Textile. It shrinks when heat is applied and it is not reversible. When knitted together with heat emitting thread, you can control the shape (shrink) of the textile dynamically. Only downside is that it is not reversible.

    Here is a project using Pemotex called “touching loop” by Delia Dumitrescu and Anna Persson.
    PDF with picture. Scroll down to page 16

    Plug and Wear sells a shrinking sewing thread that shrinks 30% in length when heat is applied to it (with an iron).
    “This comes very handy to sew components on our textile perfboard. Just sew them normally and then put your pressing iron close to the back of the circuit. The thread will shrink and all components will firmly be connected to the textile perfboard.”

    1 Comment so far

    1. Lukas on October 1st, 2011

      pdf-link is dead.
      i wonder if one can use it for isolating the conductive threads; for another trial i especially need sum isolation for the conductive threads that are distributed by Karl Grimm: (As can be seen on in “conductive threads on this site) They sell vectran with conductive coat – i didn’t know what vectran is, but i found out that it’s being used for marine hawsers which means the material is highly tensile.
      Being able to coat several threads of this vectran, one could twist them together to a bigger cable/rope and use them as electronic connection and suspension of heavy levitating hardware (or, in my case, as hardly visible juggling-poi-“chains”, while the electronics are being hidden in the jugglers’ sleeve/gauntlets)

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