Textile Resistance

Textile Resistance is a collaborative project between Smart Textiles Design Lab and Syntjuntan.  The project explores design possibilities of raw textile materials that can be used as textile music, which will be used by Syntjuntan in their music performances.  This project investigates different knitted textiles made in conductive materials, to be used for textile synthesizers.

The project was performed at the Ambience11 conference, Borås Sweden, Nov 2011.  The knitted structures are designed and hand-knitted by Barbro Scholz with Bekinox 50/2 conductive yarn. “The hairy structure knit makes a really nice sound when stroked and tickled. We connected it to embroidered Syntjuntan oscillator circuit to test the sound”.

 

Ann Rosén (Syntjuntan) arranged a meeting between Anna Lindal and Linda Worbin at The Swedish School of  Textiles in June, where she brought her violin and her conductive dress. It is Anna Lindal’s first prototype of a hand-knitted dress made by conductive and viscose yarn while playing the violin. Different sections in the dress are connected to a Syntjuntans oscillator circuit to create different sounds according to how the violinists moves.

Conductive fibers consist of a non-conductive or less conductive substrate, which is then either coated or embedded with electrically conductive elements, often carbon, nickel, copper, gold, silver, or titanium. Substrates typically include cotton, polyester, nylon, and stainless steel to high performance fibers such as aramids and PBO. Straddling the worlds of textiles and wires, conductive fibers are sold either by weight or length, and measured in denier or AWG.

Uses for conductive fibers and textiles may include static dissipation, EMI shielding, signal and power transfer in low resistance versions, and as a heating element in higher resistance versions. Their benefits over solid or stranded metal wires come from conductive fibers’ flexibility and ability to use them in existing textile and wire machinery (weaving, knitting, braiding, etc.) Another more recent use is in the production of ‘Stun gun’ or Taser proof clothing, where the conductive textile is used as a sort of Faraday shield in a layer of the garment in question. Recent new entrants into the conductive fiber market now include highly conductive stainless steel fiber.

Because of the rapid growth in the kinds of conductive fibers and the uses of these fibers, a trade association has been formed to increase awareness, utilization, and possibly standardize terminology. The association is Conductive Fiber Manufacturers Council.

About Adriana Siso

Adriana Siso launched Molecule Design in September 2010, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Molecule is the extension of a previous furniture design store that was founded in 2003 as an expansion on a career in fine art, which she pursued for more than 30 years.

She brings her talents and uncompromising quest for practical and original products to the world of home furnishings and space design. Molecule carries contemporary industrial designer products that are approachable, remarkable, cutting edge, made to last, life enhancing, sometimes irreverent, and timeless.

Later in 2006, Adriana started the process of conceiving the new showroom space that would house the store. Partly sustainable, the structure was built out of 11 recycled 40′ cargo containers. Completed in December 2010, it became the first cargo container building in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Always an explorer, Adriana loves to engage in the realms of discovery and innovation. InContext/Molecule Design’s Magazine, launched in December 2011, is the venue where she collects the great stories of creative thinkers, who in our current state of affairs, sometimes under great pressures and working outside the realm of imposed standards, achieve the impossible. It has been known that in times of great crisis, design flourishes. It is Molecule’s mission to show this light.

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