Shape Changing Materials
Finding creative garment applications
8-10 April 2016
Parsons School of Design
6E 16th street, NY, 10003
- Efilena Baseta - architect engineer, partner of Noumena
- Grace Jun - researcher and designer at Parsons School of Design
- Jaskirat Randhawa - polymath designer and researcher at Parsons School of Design
Wearshops, in collaboration with Noumena and Parsons School of Design (MFADT), have organized Shape Changing Materials, a 3-day workshop which aims to explore the possibilities of interactive wearable projects and finding alternative ways to use smart materials.
The “Shape Changing Materials” workshop brings together smart materials with computational design and digital fabrication in context to garments or wearables. The participants will experiment with responsive shapeshifting materials with 3D modeling and computation-based approaches using Rhinoceros and Grasshopper.
Along with hands-on prototyping, codes will be provided for participants and workshop guests to generate a digitally simulated materials. The final outcome will be prototypes of shape changing materials to discover garment behavior. Participants will use user-centered methods to contextualize the use cases of an interactive garment solution.
Day 1 / Friday: Introduction to smart materials and applications. Experimentation with shape memory wire (SMA), texitles, and concept development of the adjustable garment.
Day 2 / Saturday: Introduction to Rhino and Grasshopper. Prototype and create digital visualizations on Rhino of the SMA & fabric. Participants will pair into group teams to make simulation of fabrics integrated with SMA.
Day 3 / Sunday: Finalization of the design exploration and fabrication onto small textile swatches in groups. Documentation of process, material behavior, and wearable application.