Maggie Orth
Art, Technology, Design

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Dynamic Double-Weave, 2007

Media: Hand-woven cotton, rayon, conductive yarns, silver ink, thermochromic ink, custom drive electronics and expressive software. 8 eight-pixel units. 56"w x 28"h.

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Dunamic Double-Weave explores how a repeated textile pattern can interact with a repeated software pattern. Each textile repeat element has four printed circles and eight woven textile pixels, or color change areas. Software can turn on any of these eight areas, in any combination, creating a software repeat or primitive.

Color change textiles combine electrodes woven with conductive yarn, thermochromic ink, drive electronics, and expressive software. Textile electrodes are woven with highly conductive yarns in the warp, on the selvedges, and resistive yarns in the weft. Plain weave connects these yarns together electrically. Selvedges are cut to create individual color change areas, and connected to drive electronics. The weaving is printed with thermochromic ink, which changes color when heated. Drive electronics send current to the individual pixels, heating the resistive yarns and changing the color of the ink. Expressive software controls the patterns and sequences of the color change events.


  4 panels
8 pannels off
pattern 1
pattern 2
pattern 4
pattern 5 pattern 6

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