Great chance to learn about basic techniques and it certainly opened my eyes to possibilities with my own e-textile projects and ambitions with creative data viz.
A snapshot of my learning steps and the foundations for adding wearables:
Exploring surface pattern imagery
First steps with heat transfer techniques centred around getting stuck in with random outcomes.
Having a go with painting, sponging and paper templates and seeing what emerges through a design process based on time to explore over cups of tea.
Trialling brushstrokes with dye
I’d taken along some inspiration in the form of sakura fabrics from another gift, a Japanese Furoshiki project. That was my starting point of an idea to explore with the brushes and adapt later in the day.
Understanding the beauty of layering
It’s a few of years since the first spark of interest about printing emerged from a conversation with the Bare Conductive team. Yep, should’ve done it earlier. I’m hooked!
You might be able to make out my thoughts along the way, for layering circuit designs within the patterns on each textile piece, but also for layering multiple pieces for a future project. Big thanks to Kirsty at Leeds Print Workshop for developing those ideas with me during the session.
Using new equipment
For those of us extolling the virtues of laser cutting as a brilliant way to see your designs come to life quickly, then using the heat press gave that same feeling of (nearly) instant success.
Transferring the dye to make the surface pattern at 180˚ means my pieces are permanent as long as I stick to a 40˚ wash!
Producing new (not blank) canvases (well, synthetics) for e-texiles
So here are the pieces created during that first session, which will now be adorned with sensors and LEDs as tinkering and research projects with the Internet of Curious Things programme.