Designing Dynamic Textile Patterns
Progress in chemistry, fibres and polymers technology provides textile designers
with new expressive materials, making it possible to design dynamic textile pat-
terns, where several different expressions are inherent in the same textile, textiles
that, for example, could alternate between a striped and checkered pattern.
Textiles are traditionally designed and produced to keep a given, static expression
during their life cycle; a striped pattern is supposed to keep its stripes. In the same
way textile designers are trained to design for static expressions, where pat-
terns and decorations are meant to last in a specific manner. However, things are
changing. The textile designer now also deals with a new raw material, a dynamic
textile, ready to be further designed, developed and/or programmed, depending
on functional context.
This transformation in practice is not an easy one for the designers. Designers
need to learn how to design with these new materials and their specific qualities,
to be able to develop the full expressional potential inherent in “smart textiles
The aim of this thesis is to display, and discuss, a methodology for designing
dynamic textile patterns. So far, something that mainly has been seen in different
experimental and conceptual prototypes, in artistic expressions and for commer-
cial efforts etc.
In terms of basic experimental research this thesis explores the turn in textile
design practice through a series of design experiments with focus on contributing
to identifying and characterizing new design variables, new design methods and
new design techniques as a foundation for dynamic textile patterns.
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