EXPLORING INNOVATION AROUND ELECTRONIC TEXTILES
E-fibre is an AHRC funded project set up to conduct research and to build a network around electronic textiles. The project aims to delineate the role of Design in the process of innovation; to identify the cultural forces that bear on innovation in e-textiles and their potential mediation by design; to draw out the relationships between the actors in innovation, design process and ‘design thinking’, material culture studies and the history of textiles and fashion. More
Electronic textiles push the boundaries of our understanding of textiles and redefines peoples’ relationship with technology. They challenge dualistic ideas of hard and soft, private and public spaces and states of ‘on’ and ‘off’. They merge, connect and layer domains through their existence and coming into being. In making, un-making and living with electronic textiles people are forced to explore new ways of relating to themselves and the environment, which ultimately leads to new ways of creating physical and social worlds we exist in.
During April to August 2014 a series of workshops will take place to build connections and identify key questions and areas of investigation. The findings will be compiled into a scoping study, a written report that will include research in innovation theory, design process and ‘design thinking’, material culture studies and the development of textiles and fashion.