Researchers work on TC2 at London Transport Museum!

Researchers work on TC2 at London Transport Museum!

And what a fabulous 3-month ride it was!

For three months (Nov 22, 2016-18, Feb, 2017), some of the most renowned weave designers, researchers, artists and industry designers created some incredible digitally-woven textile prototypes on the TC2 at the London Transport Museum.

This, as a part of ‘Weaving Futures’, an exhibition highlighting the importance of woven textile design to the London Transport system. The exhibition was curated by design & research industry experts – Philippa Brock and Samuel Plant Dempsey. Here are a few pictures from the event…

Researchers play with Smart Materials!

And while all of the works on display as a part of Weaving Futures had us bowled over, there is one in particular that we would like to highlight – the one that focused exclusively on Smart Materials! Three researchers from varying backgrounds – Philippa Brock, Samuel Plant Dempsey and Dr. Priti Veja – came together to explore sensory experiences on the London underground for woven jacquard design.

The designers discussed how the specific senses of haptic, visual and sound, responded and interacted with sensory signal data on the London underground. Using the idea of contrasts for visual aids, tactility of moquette seat fabrics and platform blisters, and sounds of announcements, these ideas were further progressed into the design ideation phase using ludic methodology for design thinking.

The designers collected a range of small analogue and digital toys/ objects, reactive materials and electronic components, that would help inform design thinking via hacking, making and linking key sensory themes of haptic, visual and sound. Some of the key objects that worked towards the final outcomes included:

Digibirds – digital toy birds that respond by singing and moving when sensing sound

Analog music machine – sound response to a punch card data when wound through analog music machine (reading a punch card relating back to jacquard data)

Stereo earphones – digital music earphones

Bike light – reflective and flashing mode bicycle safety light

Tactile materials and yarns – materials including rubber, paper, mohair, plastics, monofilaments, vibration motors, reflective yarn, phosphorescent yarn, wire, chenille, polyester, UV-reactive

E-textile materials – conductive yarn and sensory output components (LEDs, buzzers, pressure sensors, actuated soft circuits.

Here are a few of the pieces that the three researchers created….


Want to know more about the participants and the way they interpreted their design briefs?

Click here for more details…(Write up by Weaving Futures team)

(Photo Credits: Vibeke Vestby and Outi Martikainen)