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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

    KOBA School of Wickedfabrics: TAILORING

    August 20-25 2018, KOBA in Berlin, Germany

    For the last 6 months KOBAKANT have been running KOBA, a tailorshop for electronic textiles and wearable technology in Berlin, Germany.
    The KOBA School of Wickedfabrics is intended as a time and place for us to formalize our tailoring process and share this experiance with you.

    This booklet was made to accompany the TAILORING week school –
    intended for professionals from diverse backgrounds who want to learn to develop e-textile garments from scratch to fitting.
    By teaching a school for tailor-made wearable technology we hope to inspire you that different ways of producing technology are possible and tailoring is one of these paths to electronic diversity.

    Download PDF booklet >> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N3TtKT4NhnQFrX1hZCTuLebKp_nbD7g9/view?usp=sharing
    Flickr photo set >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157697292287642
    Code examples >> https://github.com/KOBAKANT/KOBA/blob/master/SCHOOL/TAILORING/

    Alexandra Mateus >> alexandramateus.com
    Annie Lywood >> bonniebinary.co.uk
    Caroline Mcmillan
    Michaela Honauer >> mihoo.de
    Roseanne Wakely >> rustysquid.com
    SABLE CHAUD >> sablechaud.eu
    Vera Castelijns

    In order to go through the process of tailoring an e-textile garment from start to finish, we’ve prepared an example: each participant will tailor a simple blouse or jacket with 1-2 inputs (textile sensors) and 1-2 outputs (vibration motors). The textile sensor will capture a physical movement of the body and the vibration motor will respond to this movement and feed information back to you.

    This may sound too simple, but trust us, e-textiles take time and to construct a garment, a sensor, a motor module and a custom circuit that connects them all takes a lot of time.




    materials overview
    material samples
    electricity introduced (ohm’s law)
    your friend, the multimeter


    beaded tilt sensor
    fabric pushbutton
    fabric slider
    neoprene bend sensor
    knit tretch sensor
    crochet squeeze sensor


    Q: how to know the “perfect” pull-up resistor?
    A: graph curve of different resistors and make choice.

    Q: how to read a sensor matrix?
    A: the i/o (in/out) pins of the arduino can be changed during the loop. start by manually coding these changes to read and write to the rows and columns of your matrix. then try implementing the for() loop.
    here some example code for reading a 2 x 2 matrix:

    >> https://github.com/KOBAKANT/KOBA/blob/master/SCHOOL/TAILORING/KOBAtailoringMATRIX_simiple/KOBAtailoringMATRIX_simiple.ino

    using for() loop to parse the rows and columns (easily scale-able):
    >> https://github.com/KOBAKANT/KOBA/blob/master/SCHOOL/TAILORING/KOBAtailoringMATRIX_parse/KOBAtailoringMATRIX_parse.ino


    pull-up resistor
    voltage divider
    transistor switch

    on wednesday we will be programming the Flora using the Arduino IDE programming environment. if you don’t already have it, please download the Arduino software for your computer from this link:
    >> https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

    if you want to get a head start on installing the Adafruit boards package, you can open the Arduino IDE and follow the following steps. otherwise we will also go over this together during the school:
    >> https://learn.adafruit.com/add-boards-arduino-v164/setup

    Q: #define x y VS int x = y?
    A: #define ledPIN 2 is just a fancy way of setting up a “search and replace” in your code. Wherever “ledPIN” appears, the arduino compiler pretends it saw a “2” instead. It can’t be changed while the sketch is running, and it takes no memory in the processor.

    int ledPIN = 2; is a variable. It takes a little memory (two bytes) to store the value, and in fact it takes a little more memory to store the original value you started with. However, this allows the sketch to modify that variable under any desired circumstances, and thus use the new value from that time on.


    vinylcut breakouts
    protoboard breakouts


    pattern basics
    circuit layout/design

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