Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Weaving Workshop

Barbara Layne (from Hexagram/Concordia) has recently invited our team to attend her weaving workshop. Weaving is not only fascinating for its history and aesthetic qualities, but also for its mathematical rigor and symmetric properties. The potential for soft computation is enormous.

Thursday, October 13, 2005


Di Mainstone is working hard on our new collaborative project called Scorpion Tales, which takes a further look at reconfigurable clothing. We propose to develop six kinetic electronic garments that move and change on the body in response to various internal and external stimuli. These transformable interactive costumes will be, in a sense, behavioral kinetic sculptures that exploit characteristics such as control, anticipation, and unpredictability to challenge expectations and provide a playful space for expression. As such, they will shift and modulate personal and social space by imposing physical constraints on the body. They will alter behavior, by hiding or revealing hidden layers, inviting others inside the protective shells of fabric, by erecting breathable walls, or tearing themselves open to divulge hidden secrets.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Marguerite finishes the Quilt!!!!!

After many months of eye-crossing and finger-numbing work, it looks like version four of the 10 by 10 animated quilt is finally ready. I can't wait to hook it up to the control electronics. It will certainly have the slowest refresh rate of any 100 pixel display...

Monday, October 03, 2005

Di and Marcelo at the lab on a Saturday night

Our research coordinator Marcelo is hard at work while Di Mainstone, fashion designer extraordinaire, toils in the background.

Marguerite and Shirley

Marguerite and Shirley
Originally uploaded by berzowska.
Our new supermodels Marguerite and Shirley model the Kukkia and Vilkas shape-change dresses. Kukkia and Vilkas are expressive behavioral kinetic sculptures. They are a personal and poetic extension of our skin.
Their movement comes from unexpected places and works in contradiction to or in reinforcement of movements naturally associated with the body.
The flowers “pulse” around the neck, hinting at the movement of nature, like breath or a heart beat.
The hem of Vilkas goes up and down automatically, it works like a curtain that reveals and hides, protects and exposes. At the same time, a conversation takes place between the dress and the wearer.