Student workshop becomes exhibition at the Textile Showroom

Textiles doing unexpected things was the theme of a two-week workshop in which the second-year Fashion Design students participated. Materials which change size and colour when combined with electronics have the potential to be really cool. And they were. Now, the creations are exhibited at the Textile Showroom.

– It’s exciting as we have never worked with this before. We’ve had ideas, but what was lacking was the expertise – which there was plenty of at the workshop, says fashion design student Louise Wånggren, who together with Joel Prehn Andersson and Mario Eurenius has designed an overall suit that reacts to sound by vibrating.

Find out how they accomplished it by visiting the Textile Showroom. Starting on Tuesday 18th of November, all of the creations from the Crafting Wearables workshop are exhibited there. Also, do not miss the films in which the students document the working processes and the ideas behind the designs.

 Crafting-wearables-2Caption: Louise Wånggren, Joel Prehn Andersson and Mario Eurenius prepares their creation to be exhibitied. The idea is for the wearer to feel as if the sound went straight through the body.


Visiting lecturer Oscar Tomico started on the topic of working with heat, in which he introduced new materials and let the students experiment with them. What really happens when wine is poured over a PVA textile? At the end of the week, all of the students had made creations of their own using techniques such as dyeing, shrinking, dissolving and enlarging.

 – You being were here was amazing, the students were so enthusiastic, workshop organiser Linda Worbin says to Riikka Talman, Master’s student in Fashion and Textile Design.

Wearer vs designer

For almost a year, Riikka Talman has worked to develop PVA textiles of different qualities; fabrics which are dissolved or change colour and structure when they come into contact with water at 20 degrees Celsius. The project is funded by Smart Textiles.

– The purpose was for the students to learn to use new materials which can be integrated with the surroundings both when worn and in the design process, Linda Worbin says.

Fabrics which become twice as large when washed are very useful for designers, but its reactions are also affected to how the wearer interacts with the surroundings.

– We can’t control if the he or she spills coffee all over the clothes.

Crafting-wearables-3Caption: Riikka Talman’s PVA textiles took on new expressions during the workshop.

The feeling of a hug

“Wellbeing is the new luxury” was the theme for the second week of the workshop. The students were divided into groups based on similarity between the projects they had been working during the first week. Interaction with the textile material, the construction and the body, that is “what it feels like for me”, were important, together with electronics.

Some of the students analysed the way people touch each other when hugging and developed a proposal for how to prolong the feeling of a hug. The result was a vest which warmed up when touched. Others investigated how textiles may assist in finding an ergonomically correct sitting position. The solution was a t-shirt which alerts the wearer when he or she sags.

– In my opinion this has been very, very nice! I’ve gain new insights into the potential uses of my textiles. It’s been an eye-opening experience, Riika Talman says about the workshop as a whole.


Text and photo: Rebecca Lindholm