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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
    Thinking Out Loud

    Unusual E-Textile Techniques

    When we think of what is unusual and unusual in our lives, how do we draw the boundaries that define these categories?

    The idea of preparing a presentation on “UNusual E-Textile Techniques” appealed to me maybe because I feel much of what made e-textiles attractive to me at the start (12 years ago in 2006) was that it all felt new, unusual, unexplored… and now much of it feels exploited, overestimated, trendy and while not exactly “common”, there is something scarily mundane about it having become something so unsurprising.

    So what I would like to do with this presentation/selection of e-textile techniques is re-awaken the wonder for e-textiles in myself and also in others.
    How can it be that we can etch copper fabric with just salt and vinegar?!


    Batik Resist + Salt & Vinaigre Etching


    Plated & Soldered Connections


    Token & Pouch


    Pivoting 3-Way Connection


    Cardwoven Cable



    Knit Accelerometer


    Button Button


    Woven pressure sensor matrix



    Woven Speaker


    Igne Oyasi Motor

    Igne Oyasi Motor

    Lulu Bumblebee

    Tube Design

    PCB Design

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