Students are expected, by the end of the course, to gain the following:
- Knowledge of traditional textile arts such as felting, sewing and embroidery.
- Proficiency in integrating circuitry and conductive materials to different types of fabrics.
- A primary understanding of new methods of fabrication such as 3D printing and laser cutting.
Class Website: http://ima.nyu.sh/talking-fabrics/
- Make: Wearable Electronics (1st edition) by Kate Hartman
Required Reading: We will be discussing the following excerpts and short works of literature and poetry:
- “The First Day” from Lost in the City by Edward P Jones (Video)
- “The Sound of Summer Running” from Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
- Textiles (11th Ed) by Sara Kadolph
- The Primary Structures of Fabric by Irene Emery
- Making Things Talk (2nd Ed) by Tom Igoe
- Rhino Manual
- “The White Porch” by Cathy Song
- Excerpts from the Iliad by Homer (Menelaus is wounded and Helen weaving the fall of Troy)
- “God’s Own Country” and “Kochu Thomban” from The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Grading and Assignments:
Grading is based on successful completion of all assignments, class participation and attendance.
- Assignments and Lab Exercises (40%)
- Student Presentations (20%)
- Final Project (30%)
- Class Participation and Attendance. (10%)
Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. Greater than two unexcused absences warrant a fail. Tardiness counts as 1/3rd of an unexcused absence.
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-2:30 pm in room 937.
8/31 Introduction to course. Review of syllabus.
9/1 Introduction to fibers, felting and yarn-making. A brief history of fabric technology. Introduction/review of basics of electricity.
9/2 Getting comfortable with the multimeter. Felting fabric. Creating a circuit.
9/6 Yarns and Threads.
9/8 More circuits. Introduction to hand sewing and embroidery with conductive yarns and threads.
9/9 Hand sewing and embroidery basics. Simple circuits on fabric.
Weaving as storytelling and as precursor of modern technology. Introduction to Machine Sewing with Marcela Godoy.
9/15-9/16 – MID-AUTUMN BREAK
9/18 Student Presentations (Group 1)
9/20 Basic weaving. Warp and weft.
9/22 Introduction to Illustrator.
9/23 Laser cutting hand looms and weaving a simple fabric.
Introduction to Machine sewing. Machine Sewing Continued.
9/29 Field Trip 1
9/30 Student Presentations (Group 2)
10/3-10/8 – FALL BREAK
10/9 Finishing textiles. Fusibles, Vinyl, Computer-assisted embroidery, and dyes.
10/11 Synthetic materials. Conductive fabrics. Fabric sensors.
Field Trip 2. Work on Sight fabrics.
10/14 Work on Sight fabrics.
10/18 Work on Sight Fabrics
10/20 Sight Fabrics Due. Prepare to Present.
10/21 Sight Fabrics Presentations Part 2.
10/25 Integrating textiles with microcontrollers.
10/27 Working with microcontrollers
10/28 Student Presentations (Group 3)
11/1Draping cloth over 3 dimensional objects to make sewing patterns. Making 3D items from patterns.
11/3 3D Modeling.
11/4 Work on Touch fabrics.
11/8 Work on Touch fabrics.
11/10 Present Touch Fabrics
11/11 Present Touch Fabrics
11/15 Designing wearables.
11/17 Making multiple microcontrollers speak with each other.
11/18 Microcontroller lab.
11/22 Quiz Show
11/24-11/25 – THANKSGIVING BREAK
11/29 Student Presentations (Group 4)
12/1 Networked Fabrics Concepts Part 1.
12/2 Networked Fabrics Concepts Part 2.
12/3 Optional Field Trip to Fabric Market
12/6 One on one meetings Part 1. Work on final projects.
12/8 One on one meetings Part 2. Work on final projects.Lab:
12/9 Present Final Projects!
12/12 Student Presentations (Group 5)
12/13 Last minute changes before the show!