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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:

    From 2013-2015 Mika is 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
    Technique

    Fabric Pleating

    Chris Palmer demonstrated how to pleat fabric using a technique of pre-stitching it together with thread. More about his work and technique, and the patterns for the folds are all documented in his book Shadow Folds.

    Also see this post on smocking with SMA wire >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=5276

    Trace pattern of stitch-marks to fabric:

    With a needle and thread sew grouped stitch-marks together and tie a square knot. Make sure not to catch any of the fabric when you tie these knots.

    When you’re done it helps to look at a photo of the final fold piece you are making, to help you arrange the pleats in the right direction.

    You can use an iron to flatten your pattern and enforce the folds:

    Links:
    Shadow Folds >> http://www.shadowfolds.com/
    Chris Palmer demos his work at CNMAT >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=3517
    Chris Palmer demos his work at Berkeley Rep’s shop >> http://blog.berkeleyrep.org/2012/01/fabric-origami-with-chris-palmer.html



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