Kathryn is currently doing a PhD in Smart Textile Design at the Swedish School of Textiles. Her research is investigating methods of creating smart textiles without electronics. Her focus is on exploring how complex textile behaviors can be designed to be responsive.
Building on her previous knowledge and skills of creating three dimensional woven forms from a flat woven textile, Kathryn set out to explore how designing flexible joins (suture structure) into the weave structure could help create a complex 3D object.
Kathryn explored a range of different ways to design and implement flexible joins that enabled the woven fabric layers to open.
Kathryn developed a flat woven fabric of carefully design layers and flexible joins that can unfold into a 3D cube, simply by cutting the fabric in strategic places.