Extending the life of our clothes is the most effective intervention of all current sustainable textile practices. We explored how we can upcycle and repair our clothes with e-textiles, and how to share these techniques with other makers and crafters. In one study, we proposed Punch-Sketching e-textiles, a drawing technique that uses a punch needle to iteratively prototype soft circuits (the left figure).
We also took a craft ethnography approach by interviewing 15 visible mending educators for insights into how they teach the techniques of repair and re-use so individuals can upcycle the textiles they already own (the right figure). Overall, these interviews provide insights for textile maker toolkits, textile personal fabrication, and how we can teach tangible hybrid crafts and sustainable making practices.
We developed several novel ideation scaffolding method for eliciting wearable concepts, called Wearable Crazy Eights, and a co-design toolkit for wearable e-textiles called Wearable Bits.
By developing these novel methods for the study of e-textiles, our goal is to involve individuals with and without disabilities in the design of their own garments so that we can build prototypes that better suit their needs.
The E-darning Sampler: Exploring E-textile Repair with Darning Looms
Fifteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI ’21), February 14–17, 2021, Salzburg, Austria., 2021
Wearable Crazy Eights: Wearable Ideation Methods for Encouraging Divergent Design Concepts
Fifteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI ’21), February 14–17, 2021, Salzburg, Austria, 2021
Punch-Sketching E-textiles: Exploring Punch Needle as a Technique for Sustainable, Accessible, and Iterative Physical Prototyping with E-textiles
Fifthteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI ’21), February 14–17, 2021, Salzburg, Austria., 2021
Patching Textiles: Insights from Visible Mending Educators on Wearability, Extending the Life of Our Clothes, and Teaching Tangible Crafts
Creativity and Cognition (C&C'21), 2021