Second Skins: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities for Designing Adaptable Garments Using E-Textile

Malou Beemer, Christian Dils, Troy Nachtigall

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Abstract

The process of making adaptive and responsive wearables on the scale of the body hasoften been a process where designers use off-the-shelf parts or hand-crafted electronics to fabricategarments. However, recent research has shown the importance of emergence in the process of making.Second Skins is a multistakeholder exploration into the creation of those garments where the designersand engineers work together throughout the design process so that opportunities and challengesemerge with all stakeholders present in the process. This research serves as a case study into thecreation of adaptive caring garments for sustainable wardrobes from a multistakeholder designteam. The team created a garment that can customize the colors, patterns, structures, and otherproperties dynamically. A reflection on the multi-stakeholder process unpacks the process to explorethe challenges and opportunities in adaptable e-textiles.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Number of pages5
JournalEngineering Proceedings
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventE-Textiles 2022: The 4th International Conference on the Challenges, Opportunities, Innovations and Applications in Electronic Textiles - Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Nov 202210 Nov 2022

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