Crafting Textile Data

Wintersemester 2020/2021

MA Design
MA Filmkostüm

Max. 8 Studierende

Strasse des 17. Juni 118
Start: 25.01.2021
Ende: 29.01.2021
Präsentationen: 24.02.2021

Prof. Dr. Berit Greinke
WiMi Giorgia Petri

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/video 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, product and costume design students 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. Cross-disciplinary collaborations are possible and encouraged.

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

The first two days combine lectures and practical exercises. On days 3-5, students work independently on a self-initiated project, either in conjunction with their semester project or as an independent study. Students 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. 

Language: English, German

Attendance is mandatory.

Dates and location:

  • 11 Jan 2021, 17:30: preliminary meeting (online/Webex)
  • 25 – 29 Jan 2021, 9:30 – 17:30: block seminar (Aula, Strasse des 17. Juni 118)
  • The outcomes will be presented as part of the Design Master presentations on 24 February (Aula) 

Costs & other information:

  • 20€ for electronics starter kit (45€ if you want to keep the Arduino)
  • A starter pack of conductive textiles will be provided. Additionally required materials will need to be purchased by students.
  • Students work on their own laptops.


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Das Seminar SOFTWEAR – FUTURE FASHION AND TECHNOLOGY ETHICS setzt den Schwerpunkt auf Experimente im Bereich des virtuellen computing und ist eine empfehlenswerte Ergänzung zu den physical computing und material-handwerklichen Explorationen dieses Kurses. Eine kursübergreifende Verknüpfung der Prozesse und Ergebnisse ist vorstellbar.