ArchInTex exhibition: Shaping (un)common grounds

The second exhibition of ArchInTex network – Shaping (un)common grounds – is open in TU/e, Industrial Design building, Wearable Senses space from 13 – 17th of October.

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The network presents 19 research prototypes focused on Architecture, Interaction Design and Textiles from Eindhoven University of Technology, Auckland University of Technology, Vilnius academy of arts, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, The Swedish School of Textiles, Nottingham Trent University, ESDi School of Design and independent designers.

The catalogue can be downloaded from here.

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TexTales now on Kickstarter!

Weaving traditions and stories within families by the combination of high-end technology and durable textile bed linen. Let’s wake the fairy tales up! 😉

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TexTales is a new way of storytelling through the combination of textile and an augmented fairy tale tablet or mobile app. It  consists of a set of bed sheets that have images woven into the fabric. The images are recognized by a custom made software that displays 3D characters from a fairy tale through a tablet or smartphone onto the textile. This allows parents to create personal stories with their kids before going to sleep or during a play time.

TexTales is a project developed further from earlier work of Kristi Kuusk, called QR-coded traditions. TexTales consists of a set of children’s bed sheets with images woven into the fabric, and an application for tablets and smart phones that augments fairy tale characters on the bed sheets. The images are recognizable by a custom made software and create interaction possibilities between digital and physical worlds, old and young generations, past and future. When a woven flower on the fabric is scanned and recognized by the tablet or mobile held by the storyteller, the child can play with the textile to manipulate the digital visual.
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Tactile Dialogues

Tactile Dialogues is a textile object in the form of a pillow with integrated vibration elements that react to touch. The goal of the textile object is to enable a dialogue by triggering physical communication patterns between a person with severe dementia (the care receiver) and a family-member, spouse or caretaker (the care giver). In addition, the object also responds to activity and hand movement, which is important for people with dementia.

The object can be used in spaces where two people are sitting, e.g at a table, couch or over the armrests of a wheelchair. The object consists of a textile with integrated vibration elements. When these elements are touched (by rubbing, stroking or pushing) a soft vibration can be felt from multiple locations on the object. When both sides are touched simultaneously, the vibration will increase. This stimulates small movements and social connection between the people using the pillow, it allows for a dialogue based on physical interaction to appear.

An earlier prototype of the blanket has been tested with five pairs of each a care receiver and a care giver. These tests showed that the object has potential for often difficult visits where conversation is not possible. However, long-term testing is required to find out the true impact of the product.

A project of: Eindhoven University of Technology (Martijn ten Bhömer), De Wever Borre Akkersdijk, Optima Textiles BV and Metatronics.

Tactile Dialogues from STS CRISP on Vimeo.


Vibe-ing is a collaboration project between TU/e, TextielMuseum TextielLab Tilburg, and Metaronics. As part of Smart Textile Services (CRISP) project Eunjeong Jeon, Kristi Kuusk, Martijn ten Bhömer and Jesse Asjes have developed an improved version from Tender.

Vibe-ing is a self-care tool in the form of a garment, which invites the body to feel, move, and heal through vibration therapy. The merino wool garment contains knitted pockets, embeded with electronic circuit boards that enable the garment to sense touch and vibrate specific pressure points on the body. With this design we aim to inform a multi-disciplinary audience about the opportunities of integrating textile and vibration for self-healthcare services at home or even in everyday activities. To treat osteoporosis effectively this design project was implemented in collaboration with multidisciplinary experts, such as textile designers, design researchers, and an electronics engineer. By integrating vibration actuators in textile pockets the design enables us to program the exact areas and the way of stimulation on the body depending on the specific person’s need for rehabilitation and healing. Using fully-fashioned manufacturing technique becomes possible to customize the garment to the preferences of an individual body.

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The social fabric: Exploring the social value of craftsmanship for service design presented during NORDES 2013

The social fabric: Exploring the social value of craftsmanship for service design (Michelle Baggerman, Kristi Kuusk, Daniëlle Arets, Bas Raijmakers, Oscar Tomico, Proceedings of NORDES ’13)

This paper addresses the social component of craftsmanship in relation to service design. The transferal of crafting skills and knowledge can be considered a service that is co-created between master and apprentice. Continue reading