PROJECT: SHAPE CHANGING MATERIALS WORKSHOP
This project was created during The Shape Changing Materials Workshop hosted by Noumena and Wearshops at Parsons School of Design in April, 2016. As I do not have a background in fashion or electronics, this was my first attempt at understanding wearable technology and smart materials. I found it extremely fascinating and learnt a lot from this experience!
The Shape Changing Materials Workshop was a three-day collaborative that explored the potential of shape changing clothing through alternative ways of integrating smart memory alloys (SMA) with fabric. The application of SMA to fabric was visualized through physical simulations using Rhino3D and Grasshopper.
We experimented with fabric behaviour contraction using memory wire, muscle wire, springs and bendsoft. We learnt how contrasting fabrics require different levels of voltage in order for the textile to be move freely.
Our concept was to create a vest that opens on its own. This self-openable jacket was designed with the intention of helping disabled people wear their clothes without needing assistance from others. We used memory wire and springs to create movement in the fabric by first testing how much voltage it would require to work as we wanted it to.