We worked with expert textile designer/ makers to explore the Bio-Inspired Textiles structures using their own specialist skills and techniques.
Each maker focused one specific Bio-Inspired structure and during the process combined this with other Bio-Inspired structures.
It was through this work that we started to see how the Bio-Inspired Textiles framework could help us design for Resource Efficiency, Longevity and Recovery.
Exploring 3D weaving design for volume and strength with paper-based materials to make load-bearing textiles that could be used as furniture.
Exploring bio-inspiration through textile design for disassembly to produce solutions for a range of technical challenges for textiles.
Exploring design for flexible joins using multi-layered jacquard weaving to create flat textiles that can be deployed into 3D objects once cut off the loom.
Exploring how different knit structures, once felted (or not felted) can provide precisely engineered strength or areas of flexibility within a single fabric.
Exploring how multiple properties (stiffness and flexibility) can be designed into non-woven felt.
Exploring how woven and felting processes can be combined to alter the density and stiffness of pure wool textiles to potentially impact thermal resistance (insulation).
Exploring how to create a 3D woven textile that can move and bend in multiple directions using a simple pulley-system
Exploring how a textile can move and bend in multiple directions towards creating wearable assistive devices (soft robotics).
Exploring how different knit stitches can be used to design texture into textiles and potentially introduce functions such as increased use-life to knitted garments.