For a second time I took part in the E-textiles Summer Camp Swatch Exchange launched by Hanna Perner-Wilson. The E-Textile Summercamp‘s Swatchbook Exchange is a platform for sharing physical work samples in the field of electronic textiles. The exchange wishes to emphasize the importance of physicality and quality workmanship in an increasingly digital world.
Everybody who has attended the E-Textile Summercamp at least one time is allowed to take part in this exchange. Calls for participation are generally published 2 months before the summercamp. Individuals and collaborative efforts participate in the exchange by submitting a unique swatch design of their own, and in turn receive a compiled collection of everybody else’s swatches. This means that everybody participating needs to make as many multiples of their swatch as the total number of participants. Participants in the Swatch Exchange have diverse links to the e-textile community, including academic researchers, textile designers, industrial designers, artists, electrical engineers and enthusiastic makers.
There are no guidelines defining what these samples could or should be, only that they relate to the field of E-Textiles. Preferably each swatch should be able to mount on a 13x16cm area, and while flat swatches lend themselves well to the book format, 3D swatches are also welcome.
The sample I developed and presented this year is Soft Circuitry Kit (2016).
The Soft Circuitry Kit is conceived to fill the gap between the already existing boards (Lilypad, Arduino mini, Photon, etc.) and the input components of the circuits. It aims to help workshop trainers in their teaching and designers in fast prototyping. For the swatch-book I will present a capacitive sensors circuit, a force sensing circuit and a matrix sensing circuit. The kit was developed in the frame of Internet of Soft Things project at Nottingham Trent University, UK.
Materials: Conductive thread, snaps, resistors.
Techniques: Embroidery, sewing, soldering.
References/Inspirations: Arduino LilyPad, Little Bits and Circuit Sticker Sketchbook, as well as a Kits-of-no-parts set.
Dimensions (in cm): 10 cm x 20 cm.
Circuit Diagram :
And some images from the production time at NTU…