Blogs of ArcintexETN

Last April WP3 met at The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, to explore aspects of structure and scale, within the context of the interior, in order to reimagine how spaces can be conceived and experienced. Focusing on the elasticity of knitted textiles, combined with tensional elements, we developed a series of basic models that, through sketching, prototyping and staging, allowed us to think in terms of material, form, boundary and scale of the structures created.

We documented the models through photography and animation and further analysed the resulting visuals in order to discover implication and suggestions for alternative ways of conceiving, constructing and using a space. Each of the group members selected the models that were most suggestive to them and contributed their own take on the possibilities of those models.

Below are some examples of the outcomes.

08> Knitted tubes as flexible and adaptable cover for indoor and outdoor spatial structures.

09> Imagining ways of positioning a spatial structure with textile cover.

13> Space inside a space. A multi-layered space that changes meaning depending on position.
> Multi-layered portable space. Suggests amphibious way of living.

11> Exploration of self-supporting structures based on material elasticity and tensional elements. Implications for interconnected spaces, multifunctional spaces and time travel capsules.

15> Relaxed and rigid states. Turgidity based actuation, capillarity.

14__17_p1020928-copy> How can looking or passing through an interior change your perspective about the exterior?
> Self-transforming kinetic structure. Different axes for motion, expansion/contraction, opening/closing and interaction with the person: horizontal pliability; rotation over diagonal axe; twisting over central or diagonal axe…

01__23_p1020882-copy> Potential for creating a twisted, adaptable space from elastic material. Presents a space that is connected and separated depending on the twist of the bridge.
> Twisting as an interaction for connecting & dividing spaces and for creating kinetic potential.

> Exploration on interconnected spaces. Implications for multifunctional interiors and sliding mobility.

sqeezethruExploring textile deformations through GIF animations as an interaction sketching method…

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October was a busy month where I had the great opportunity of showing my research to thousands of people during three group exhibitions: Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (Netherlands) as part of the exhibit Mind The Step, Dubai Design Week (United Arab Emirates) as part of the Global Grad Show, and Telstra Perth Fashion Festival (Australia) as part of the show Fashioning Technology. It’s been a great experience sharing my explorations with dynamic fabric and augmented-reality fashion to such a large audience.


I am excited that I had the opportunity to join the international project Beyond Seeing. It will be a substantial contribution to my own research. Yet the world of fashion is first and foremost a visual experience. What does fashion stand for blind people? How do they experience colors, fabrics, and surfaces? What do they perceive that we fail to notice or no longer do? What does the term beauty mean for them? And how can fashion be experienced with the other senses than the visual one? Thus, entirely new approaches in fashion design can perhaps emerge? The interdisciplinary project Beyond Seeing is willing to find answers to these questions by organising international research workshops, an exhibition, and a discursive accompanying program. The project is aimed at making fashion perceptible beyond the visual stimuli, in an interaction of sensory perceptions. The first step is to identify the needs and aspirations of blind and visually impaired people (affiliation, perception, and esteem, individual fulfillment, integration).

During the firs meeting, that was held in Goethe’s Institute (Paris) on the 25th-26th October we watched an artistic movie by blindfolding ourselves and discussed different way of “seeing” afterward. We had several interactive workshops were design students, artists together with seeing and non-seeing people, developed creative approaches allowing fashion to be explored with other senses than sight. The first meeting was very inspiring and promising, I see the potential that our group (four schools) will make something amazing and contribute to the field of non-visual aspects of clothing and narrow the border between sighted people and people who have visual impairment.

There are several partners that are participating in the project Beyond Seeing. There are four different schools: The Swedish School of Textiles (Borås, Sweden), ESMOD (Berlin, Germany), IFM (Paris, France), and La Cambre (Brussels, Belgium). There are involved four association for blind and visually impaired people: The Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired (Sweden), VIEWS International (Belgium), Deutscher Blinden und Sehbehindertenverband (Germany), and Fédération des Aveugles (France).

Workshop with blind people, Vilnius Art Academy, 22nd October

I am developing my own method of the sensitized experience and I was doing a research on sonic-haptic perception with blind people. I chose the experimental workshop format for it. I collected various materials that make sounds: fabrics, accessories, fastenings, etc. The topic of the workshop was based on sonic identity, that is very important for blind people. I got many inspirations in regards my research and method I am developing. The collected opinions and recorded data helped me to build the categories for my own ontology for sound in fashion design.

MSCA16 is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Satellite event. It was held in Manchester on the 28th-29th of July. I was participating in the MSCA16 Satellite event “Research and Society” and presenting the poster of my research “Sonic Fashion”. I met researchers from various fields, we were discussing our own research, and making connections. I was presenting my poster “Sonic Fashion” about the research I am doing. 

I attended lectures and discussion panels:

Discussion panel “Researcher and society: we’re all in the same boat!”; “Science and democracy: Get into the debate!”; “EU 101: Introduction to the EU decision-making process”; “Public engagement: How can you get involved as a researcher?”; “Ethics, transparency, research integrity, misconduct: Where do I stand?”; “Open science: the tools for your research success”; “An intro to open science – a session providing a background to what it means to be open, the policy landscape, potential benefits, useful tools etc.”; “Using open science to your benefit – a session that explains how open science can improve your profile and help win proposals”; “Data Management Planning – a session on data management in general and planning for this by writing”.




The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. Each conference aims to deliver stimulating content and lively debate around the latest advancements and discoveries in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

I was participating in the ESOF16 Conference in Manchester (23rd-27th July) and meeting researchers from various fields, discussing, telling about my own research, making connections.

Attended lectures: “Europe: opportunities for the world’s best researchers”; “ Three curacies of research: excellence, profit and… responsibility”; “ A new ear on the Universe: gravitational waves”; Europe’s voyage towards an open global research area”; “In conversation with Brian Cox”; “ Breaking the wall: sharing research with an interdisciplinary audience”; “In conversation with Sir Andre Geim”; “ Living future: the connected world”; “ The future of news”; “Value of research”; “The art and science of song”;

Attended other events: “Shared sky”; “Sensory Soundpit”; “Microbiology and Art”; “Is hearing believing?”; “Human Sensor”.


Participating in the science and art festival Bluedot (included into ESOF16 program)

Bluedot is a brand new festival of discovery at Jodrell Bank, the iconic observatory, and heart of our quest for knowledge of the cosmos. Bluedot invites you to camp out under the stars and to explore a stellar program of music, science, arts, technology, culture, food and film. Brought to you by the team behind Live From Jodrell Bank. Bluedot’s mission is to entertain and inspire through a full weekend of groundbreaking encounters, including performances, DJ sets, comedy, talks, workshops and live experiments. 

I was participating in the science festival Bluedot (included into ESOF16 program) on the 23rd July at Jodrell Bank Observatory, Bomish Lane, Cheshire. The most inspiring and useful for my research was the echolocation listening. I was experimenting with the ultrasonic listening mode. I was meeting scientists, and discussing with them about it. The experimental concerts “Sound+Astronomy” gave me a lot of inspirations for my own research.

Open Studios Nida Artist Colony

The four-week stay at Nida Art Colony provided the five researchers of Work Package 2 with an exciting environment in several ways. The exchange with artists and lecturers as well as the remote location and the surrounding nature contributed to a very inspiring setting.

During the residence, the team collaborated on a series of workshops ( which lead to a system of organically growing collaborations and exchange.

The work was presented in form of an exhibition during the “Nida Artist Residency Open Studios” which was open to the public and the community.

The show provided an opportunity to present the ArcInTexETN Program as well as the individual fields of research in relation to the exhibited artefacts while opening up the discussion about collaboration within the creative field.



The first of the Master classes for WP4 was held on the 3rd of November. I split up the team in 2 groups and asked them to use their strengths to explore different auxetic textile futures. The Master Class focused the topics of 3D printed flexible auxetic geometries on textiles and the value of auxetic textiles in futurewear.

Team Future Auxetic fashion consisted of Angella MacKey and Vidmina Stasiulyte. The were provided with images and videos of auxetic materials to inspire them and were given a number of soft foam samples and fabric. Their mission was to creat a wearable artifact on the scale of the body that incorporates the auxetic effect (by imagining it will exist in the future) in a valuable way and if possible to further use this artifact in a discussion on how/what this added value is in a future setting. Here are some of the results they had.

Team 3D printing on textiles consisted of Marion Bertin and Troy Nachtigall  and worked with  the hot deposition 3iBerlin 3D printer at the UdK DRLab. They had to their disposal  PLA, WillowFlex (TPE) and FilaFlex  filament and the free open-source software Cura. The task before them was to find settings which produce stable samples of 3D printing on fabric. Ultimately the goal of the team was to find a way to print on pre-stretched synthetic fabrics and then make a small library of possible stretch/printing effects and accompanying printer settings.

Troy Nachtigall just finished last nine days introducing the world to Solemaker.iosolemakerklokgebouw


Solemaker brings ultra personalised footwear to everyone with Based upon the same system that was used to make the shoes for the Minister, users scan their feet, adjust the sole to how they walk, then create their own personalized shoe. “Solemaker is a step towards a future where our data is used to make things for us.” says Troy. It took a team of twelve designers, engineers, programers, professors, gurus, makers and podiatrists to create

Solemaker demonstrates a look into a future where the shoes can be a subscription service. With each passing pair the wear will be measured and the material recycled to create a better fitting shoe. Each shoe is created with code, code that dynamically programs the sole material to the shape and weight distribution of the foot. exists thanks to a research grant from Design United, expertise from SLEM and funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Solemaker is part of larger research into Ultra Personalised Product Service Systems carried out at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Industrial Design Wearable Senses Lab and Design Quality in Interaction Group as part of the ArcInTexETN project. 

Solmaker ideaSolemaker was demonstrated at the Mind the Step exhibition during Dutch Design Week and at the Global Grad Show during Dubai Design Week. Launced at Mind the Story, anyone around the world can visit the website and create the digital files needed to manufacture a pair of shoes in a FabLab or Maker Space near them.

“I want everyone to experience the joy of a pair of shoes made specifically to fit their own feet, needs and lifestyle.” says head designer Troy Nachtigall. was created by

Troy Nachtigall  – Head Designer and Researcher, TU/Eindhoven
Prof. Dr. Loe Feijs  – Professor, Design Intelligence, TU/Eindhoven
Dr. Stephan Wensveen – Professor, Wearable Senses, TU/Eindhoven
Dr. Oscar Tomico – Professor, Wearable Senses, TU/Eindhoven
Admar Shoonen – Electrical Engineer, /dSearch Lab, TU/Eindhoven
Bart Pruijmboom – Interaction Designer, TU/Eindhoven
Henry Lin – Interaction Designer and Maker, Simon Fraser University
Erwin Hoogerwoord – Programmer, TU/Eindhoven
Fiore Basile – Programer and Guru, Fablab Toscana
Max Pirsky – Graphic Designer
Bart van Overbeeke – Photographer
Sigrídur Helga Hauksdóttir- Podiatrist, SLEM Waalwijk
SLEM  Design United and Wearable Senses