Crafting Textile Data

Wintersemester 2019/2020

Technologie 5. Semester, Master

Max. 8 Studierende

Strasse des 17. Juni 118
Raum 110
Do 14-18 Uhr
Start: 24.10.2019
Ende: 30.01.2020

Prof. Dr. Berit Greinke
WiMi Giorgia Petri
Gast: Sophie Skach

How can we craft digital information with textiles?

This seminar provides an introduction to electronic textiles and data processing, using Arduino IDE and visual programming software Pure Data.

Sessions on conductive materials, textile sensors, recording and mapping sensor data, and sound control with electronic textiles will provide you with a basis to investigate these technologies within your own creative practice. Our approach will be hands-on, exploring aesthetics and function through materials and crafting.

The seminar is aimed at fashion design students (5. Semester and Master) who are interested and have experience in textile techniques (e.g. weaving, knitting, screen-printing, embroidery, or similar), while being curious about creative digital technology and art/tech interdisciplinary inquiry.

No previous knowledge in electronics and programming required, but commitment and self-motivated learning is crucial.

The first six sessions (4h each) combine lectures and practical exercises. Attendance is mandatory.
In sessions 7-12, you will work independently on a self-initiated project, either in conjunction with your semester project or as an independent project. You are expected to produce samples and prototypes, and an on-going documentation in the form of technical and design notes, sketches, materials samples and documented circuitry and codes. During these sessions we offer 1-2-1 tutorials and technical support.

The seminar will be taught in German and English.


  • 12€ for electronics/sensor starter kit
  • Arduino Uno Rev3 boards can be either borrowed for the duration of the seminar (return by end of semester) or purchased for a reduced price of 20€/board.
  • A starter pack of conductive textiles will be provided. Additionally required materials will need to be purchased by students.
  • You will need to bring and work on your own laptop.


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