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Project: R61

3D Waves of Light

Project R:61 combines materials research, making and form finding, while focusing on the diverse applications of textiles, ranging from clothing to products and architecture.

What we did

  • Concept development
  • Technology research
  • Color and materials
  • Ideation, models and prototyping
  • Fabric swatches

Clients / Collaborators

3D Waves of Light
3D Waves of Light

3D Waves of Light

Whether communicative, interactive, or performative, products that use technology to include light, movement, scent and transformation are mesmerizing. First prototype “3D Waves of Light” is a sculptural sensory enabled light-embedded knitted fabric. Possible uses include wall surfaces, acoustical tiles, automotive interiors, lighting effects for health and well-being, and smart clothing. We also envision spatial design installations which are engaging and playful.

Knitted Fabric

Knitted Fabric

The knitted materials are being created in collaboration with Corning® Fibrance® Light-Diffusing Fiber and Pratt Institute's BF+DA TEK-TILES program. The fabric is the first illuminated 3-D knitted smart textile that has embedded flexible glass fibers that emit light when powered with lasers. The fibers, when programmed to sensors emit infinite colors. The fabric is soft, flexible and is made from recycled yarns in a sustainable zero waste knitting process.

Interactive Installations
Interactive Installations2

Interactive Installations

Project R-61 will evolve to include interactive knit textile installations that will introduce the audience to light embedded smart textiles while exploring new and unexpected ways that emerging technologies intersect and converge with our bodies and physical, social and cultural environments — how people act and react in the spaces that we inhabit.

Design and Senses
Design and Senses

Design and Senses

These pieces are the connection between audience and object. They are playful and engaging. They create a unique experience, exposing the audience to the possibilities of smart textiles. The creation of this complex work relies on perfect coordination, involving many layers of inquiry from the smart textile and the programming to the tapestry’s design and the composition of the soundscape.

Adding sensor technology to objects brings an exponential change in the design process involving a multi-layered approach and requiring collaboration across areas of expertise. Interacting with the installation will demonstrate the power of smart textiles to help us discover more about ourselves.

TEK-Tiles, Fibrance and 3D Knitting
Shima Seiki’s computerized knitting machines

TEK-Tiles, Fibrance and 3D Knitting

Corning® Fibrance® Light-Diffusing Fiber is an innovative optical fiber created from a unique glass for maximum flexibility — allowing you to bend, curve and wrap it around almost anything, while maintaining bright, beautiful and uniform light.

The TEK-TILES project is focused on developing ideas for embedding and manufacturing technology into fabrics. As part of this project "3D Waves of Light" demonstrates unique functional properties and has been evaluated for specific manufacturing constraints and is assessed for its environmental impact.

Shima Seiki’s computerized knitting machines produce knitwear in one piece. Because there are no seams, this knitwear is suited to applications outside the realm of fashion as well, such as sports, medical, and other examples of wearable smart technology.