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E-stitches Christmas 2022 Online Meetup

E-stitches Christmas 2022 Online Meetup

Joins us for the E-stitches Collective Christmas 2022 Online Meetup, with presenters: Dr Mingjing Lin, Cristina Dezi, Jessica Stanley, and Saskia Helińska - textiles and interaction innovators

E-stitches Christmas 2022 Online Meetup
E-stitches Christmas 2022 Online Meetup

Time & Location

14 Dec 2022, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT

E-stitches Christmas 2022 Online Meetup

About the event

Joins us for the E-stitches Collective Christmas 2022 Online Meetup

Presenters include: Dr Mingjing Lin, Cristina Dezi, Jessica Stanley, and Saskia Helińska - textiles and interaction innovators

Zoom link

https://rca-ac.zoom.us/j/96800717924?pwd=NENlWWZQbXZLTURLb2w4RG1aNTlrQT09

Dr Mingjing Lin, senior lecturer in textile science and STEAM practice at the London College of Fashion. She obtained a Ph.D. degree from the Textile Department at the Royal College of Art (UK) in 2020. By adopting the STEAM approach, she has continually probed for creating digital fashion, exploring the possibilities of wearable technology as well as smart textiles, and pushing the boundaries of art, design, and technology. Her works have been presented internationally since 2011, including at the V&A museum, London Fashion Week, London Design Festival, Disseny de Barcelona, and the National Museum of China.

Talk:

Lin will present her research and commercial works. Her practice-based research investigates the body-oriented parametric design and Parametric Thinking 2.0 for 3D-printed fashion and textiles. It asks how designer and practitioner can embed their professional fashion and textile hands-on knowledge and the understanding of the human body into multidisciplinary fields, such as 3D printing, parametric design and wearable technology.

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Cristina Dezi is an interdisciplinary artist and designer.

 Through feminist critique, she experiments with biomateriality and wearable technology intersecting biohacking practices and witchcraft rituals and speculating on posthuman sexual scenarios.  She graduated in Fashion Design at the Istituto Marangoni in Milan/London, graduated in New Textile Technologies at the Fabricademy in Barcelona and obtained a Master's degree in Experimental Animation at the Bau School of Design.

 Her research and design converge in performance costumes, bio-art installations and soundscapes, sexual artefacts and erotic lms.

 Cristina is currently pursuing her research on artistic residencies and exhibiting her projects in various European cities, as well as collaborating with Giulia Tomasello on the Bruixes_lab project,  a collective and nomadic laboratory where intimate biotechnology, gynoid, transfeminist and DIY practices are intertwined in symbiosis with natural environments, microbiology and bodily uids.

http://cristinadezi.cargo.site https://www.instagram.com/christie.rd/

Talk

SX-POIESIS _Erotic-Biotech in Post-Human Sexuality

What if we could create a sustainable and symbiotic future with our body fluids?  How technology can help us to explore and reclaim our sexual liberation and gender equality?

Sx-Poiesis focuses on the body of the posthuman as a feminist discourse: the gure of the cyborg as a symbol of post-gender society; a hybrid identity made of unclaimed desires, taboos, and censored acts.

 Sx-Poiesis claims the liberation of sexuality, banned, censored and aims to open dialogues between the visible and the invisible, the body and its uids through erotic-biotechnologies, wearable bio-tissues, and biohacking.

Sexual aids become raw materials to cultivate a cyborg skin that can customize our bodies for a more personal sexual aesthetic and awareness, more empowering, more queer, more inclusive, feminist and sustainable.

 Multisensory prosthetics, bodyuid-based wearable biosilicons are grown to enhance biology and merge with technology, to prototype new identities and new forms.

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Jessica Stanley

Jessica Stanley is a PhD candidate in the Department of Engineering at Nottingham Trent University. She has a background in physics, and is a graduate of Fabricademy, a distributed textile academy at the intersection of textiles, technology and biology. Having previously worked in informal science education and interdisciplinary art and science projects, her current work focuses on e-textile fabrication techniques for sports and healthcare applications, and solutions for modular e-textile systems that can be easily disassembled for repair or recycling. Links: website: jstan.co  Instagram: @j.stan_

Talk

This talk will cover a number of modular e-textile projects; some from my PhD research, and a few previous projects on e-textile interfaces for electronic sound. Modular systems are of interest to me because they can make e-textile systems more easy to repair, update, or recycle, but they rely heavily on having good connections between circuit modules. As part of my PhD I’ve researched e-textile connectors, and will talk about this, as well as some work on interposers, circuit modules which bridge the gap between parts of a circuit that can’t be connected directly. And following on from this, a recent project on a modular sensing garment, incorporating flexible temperature sensors into a cycling suit will also be discussed.

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Saskia Helińska

Saskia Helinska is visual communication and new media designer. Born in Poland, graduated in Graphic Design there and currently is doing MA at Aalto University in Finland. Works at the intersection of the digital and physical world, exploring embodied interaction, wearable interfaces and smart textiles. Having experience with learning and working at fab labs in Denmark, Berlin, Finland and Spain, she is interested in digital fabrication, rapid prototyping and novel technology. In 2022 she completed Fabricademy post-graduate program in Barcelona with research on manufacturing techniques for pneumatic actuators.https://class.textile-academy.org/2022/saskia-helinska/about.html

Talk 

Unflatables is a research project exploring the potential uses of soft robotics in wearables and e-textiles. It covers three different processes used to produce the actuators and investigates the design methods for predefined three-dimensional shape changing, which may be used for both visual and haptic feedback in interactive interfaces. Following material-driven design method, it explores how the affordances of inflatable actuators may be used to generate various deformation and movement patterns. In collaboration with Anastasia Pistofidou, co-founder of Fabricademy and Ricardo O'Nascimento, wearable tech specialist, the project evolved into research of various sensations possible to achieve with pneumatic actuators. INSTAGRAM

https://www.instagram.com/saskiahelinska/

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