|Polyphonic Playground in Ventura Lambrate, Milan, Italy. Photo credit: Carlos Jiménez|
Weft Lab was approached by Fashion SpaceGallery (London College of Fashion) for some e-textile work of the second iteration of a commissioned project
with Studio PSK, titled the ‘Polyphonic Playground’. This project was a site specific
interactive music/ sound installation, to enable adults to rediscover the experience
of play, similar to the memories evoked from the joy of childhood playground
activities. The project enabled a collaboration between design, music and textiles for an immersive interactive experience.
The Polyphonic Playground was first debuted in Assemble Miami 2014, and was a huge
success. The second iteration of the project was for
Ventura Lambrate, Milan in April 2015, where this version was adapted with
integrated woven e-textiles made by Weft Lab (Dr Priti Veja). Working closely with Studio PSK and Fashion Space
Gallery, two integrated hand woven e-textile sensors were developed. The
sensors were positioned onto the outer side panels of the interactive swings, enabling musical outputs when activated by participants touching the sensor.
|Woven e-textile sensor being woven on the automated hand loom|
The process of making the woven e-textile
sensors were mapped to specific designs agreed with Studio PSK and Fashion
Space Gallery. The process involved developing a specific warp design to enable
interwoven connections of conductive yarns during the woven process.
execution required specific weft orders, selected woven structures, weft
placements and controlled connections between warp and weft at given points. The
weaving process has been documented in the images below.
|Threading up the warp on the loom - a manual process|
|Warp is tensioned, tied on and ready to weave|
|Beginning to weave - initially test pieces to asses the woven structures|
|Woven e-textile sensor one - work in progress|
|Completed woven e-textile sensor cut off the loom, pre-finishing process|
|Finished woven e-textile sensor - applied to Polyphonic Playground swing installation|
A video of the installation in Ventura Lambrae, Milan 2015 can be viewed here
Polyphonic Playground at Ventura Lambrate, Milan 2015, Film by Carlos Jiménez
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