Creative Programming for Wearables

Creative programming is not only the name of a course in the DI major. It is also the field from which new data visualization, new generative design will arise.  Algorithms, mathematics, art, interaction design and generative design come together in this field. The examples shown here are out of series of cooperative projects with Marina Toeters. The mathematics is non-trivial and contributes to the aesthetics. In other projects we work with embedded sensors or embedded actuators. The actuators are not add-on Fremdkörper, but better integrated in the garment and matching fashion production methods.

We also explore new ways of representing bio-feedback data. We explore the interplay between hard and soft materials. Some of the examples:

  • “Drapely-o-lightment” with by-wire.net (hard and soft materials, algorithmic pattern)
  • “flPDP”, fractal line pied-de-poule with by-wire.net (fractal algorithmic pattern)
  • “Pied-de-pulse” with by-wire.net (soft actuators and algorithmic pattern)
  • “Bio-elektrische” with sensoree design lab (soft actuators)
  • “A new understanding of complexity” with by-wire.net (cellular-automaton based weaving)
  • “Solemaker” with Troy Nachtigall (Voronoi diagram-based shoe-sole compiler)
  • “Heart Bloom” with Bin Yu and studio Rogier Arents (biofeedback data plotted)
  • “Victory Boogie Woogie generator” (algorithmic art)
  • “Oogway” (turtle graphics library for Processing)

Most of the works are shown in many international design exhibitions. For example Drapely-o-lightment was shown at Place-IT Berlijn, Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Pretty Smart Textiles in Ronse Belgium, Night-of-the nerds in NEMO, HKU popup Fashion Show in Amsterdam, Bridges Mathematical Art Galleries in Enschede, TEDx Eindhoven, De Gezonde Mens in the Designhuis Eindhoven, Edinburgh art&design festival UK, Kantfabriek Horst, Kyoto Cultural Computing exhibtion, and was on tour for one year with the MOSAIC exhibition: Berkeley CA, Columbia, Illinois, Portland, Raleigh and Colorado.  A Publication in Leonardo, MIT press appeared in 2015.

Partners

Marina Toeters at By-wire.net, UPTS squad, Troy Nachtigall at DQI and SLEM, Oscar Tomico, The Bridges Organisation, HKU, SETUP media lab Utrecht, SENSOREE design lab, Bin Yu, Jun Hu, Mathias Funk, Studio Rogier Arents.

Related Publications

Feijs, L.M.G. & Toeters, Marina (2015). Drapely-o-lightment. Leonardo, 48(3), 226-234

Feijs, L.M.G. & Toeters, M.J. (2016). Pied de pulse: packing embroidered circles and coil actuators in pied de poule (houndstooth). In C. Sequin, D. McKenna, E. Torrence, R. Sarhangi, B. Torrence & K. Fenyvesi (Eds.), Proceedings of Bridges 2016: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture, Jyväskylä, August 9-13, 2016 (pp. 415-418). (Proceedings of Bridges : Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture, No. 2016). Phoenix: Tessellations Publishing. 

Feijs, L.M.G., Nachtigall, T.R. & Tomico Plasencia, O. (2016). Sole maker: towards ultra-personalised shoe design using voronoi diagrams and 3D printing. In E. Akleman, J.A. Baerentzen & K. Polthier (Eds.), Proceedings of SMI'2016 Fabrication and Sculpting Event (FASE) (pp. 31-40). (Hyperseeing, No. Summer 2016). ISAMA. 

Kristin Neidlinger, Khiet Truong, Caty Telfair, Edwin Dertien, Loe Feijs, Vanessa Evers (2017) AWElectric – That Gave Me Goosebumps, Did You Feel It Too? TEI 2017 Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction. Yokohama, Japan 20-23 March. 

Yu, B., Arents, R., Hu, J., Funk, M. & Feijs, L.M.G. (2016). HeartPlotter: visualizing bio-data by drawing on paper. CHI EA '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 17-19 May 2016, Tokyo, Japan (pp. 1794-1799). New York: ACM. 

Yu, B., Arents, R., Hu, J., Funk, M. & Feijs, L. (2016). Heart calligraphy. TEI 2016 - Proceedings of the 10th Anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction (pp. 675-680). New York: Association for Computing Machinery, 

Feijs, L.M.G. & Hu, J. (2015). Dynamic aesthetics of generative two-dimensional geometric art. In L.-L. Chen et al. (Ed.), Aesthetics of Interaction : Dynamic, Multisensory, Wise (pp. 1-9). Eindhoven: Koninklijke Philips Electronics. 

Feijs, L.M.G. & Toeters, M.J. (2015). A novel line fractal pied de poule (houndstooth). In K. Delp, R. Sarhangi, D. McKenna & C.S. Kaplan (Eds.), Proceedings of Bridges 2015: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture, Baltimore, MD, USA, July 29 - August 1, 2015 (pp. 223-230). (Proceedings of Bridges: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture, No. 2015). Phoenix: Tessellations Publishing. 

Feijs, L.M.G., Toeters, M.J., Hu, J. & Liu, J. (2014). Design of a nature-like fractal celebrating warp-knitting. In G. Hart, G. Greenfield & R. Sarhangi (Eds.), Proceedings of Bridges 2014: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture, 14-19 August, 2014, Seoul (pp. 369-372). (Proceedings of Bridges: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture, No. 2014). Phoenix: Tessellations Publishing. 

Perusquía Hernández, M., Chen, W. & Feijs, L.M.G. (2014). Garment design for an ambulatory pregnancy monitoring system. In L.L. Chen, L. Pecchia, C. Nugent & J. Bravo (Eds.), International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence - UCAmI and Workshop on Ambient Assisted Living – IWAAL (UCAmI & IWAAL 2014), 2-5 December 2014, Belfast, United Kingdom (pp. 219-227). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, No. 8868). Dordrecht: Springer. 

Toeters, M.J. & Feijs, L.M.G. (2014). Actuating movement in refined wearables. Global fashion 2014, 19-21 November 2014 

Feijs, L.M.G. & Toeters, M.J. (2013). Constructing and applying the fractal pied de poule (houndstooth). In R. Sarhangi & G. Hart (Eds.), Proceedings of Bridges 2013 : Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture, July 27-31, 2013, Enschede, The Netherlands (pp. 429-432). Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 

Feijs, L.M.G. & Hu, J. (2013). Turtles for tessellations. Proceedings of Bridges 2013 : Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture, July 27-31, 2013, Enschede, The Netherlands (pp. 241-248). Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.