Workshops and Experiments

At V2_Lab, I have organized several workshops and developed a platform for Wearable Technology: the eTextile Workspace. V2_Lab is a place for artistic Research and Development (aRt&D) and creates generic technical solutions that are relevant to the fields of art and culture. The results are published and made available under open-source licenses whenever possible.

Crafting the Future

For DEAF2012 I organized a workshop on 3D printing and textiles, to explore the combination of both techniques. During this workshop we created many samples of truly integrated 'fabric 3D prints'. Picture: Lorenzo Romagnoli

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Mika Satomi, Mili Tharakan, Joris van Tubergen, Florian Horsch
May 17-18, 2012
initiative, logistics, production

    Conductive Embroidery

    For the Tweet Bubble Series, I researched if it was possible to embroider a single-stitched outline of a text with conductive thread. The thread would be used as heating element and should not create a short-circuit. How this can be done, I documented on the website of Fablab Amsterdam.

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    Piem Wirtz, Aram Bartholl
    Spring 2009
    research, development, documentation

      Ultimaker Evening

      V2_Lab hosted one of the Ultimaker and RepRap evenings. Over 20 people got together to fine-tune their self made 3D printer and share tips & tricks.

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      Piem Wirtz, Ultimaker community
      December 12, 2011
      host, organization

        Smart Textiles Summer Camp

        This 4-day hands-on workshop explored the topic of 'Future E-Textiles Master Craftsmanship'. A selected group of textile designers, DIY hackers and E-Textile experts have been invited to discuss the role of craft in wearable technology.

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        Mika Satomi, Swedish School of Textiles, Rydal Design Center (SE)
        June 13-17, 2011
        co-concept, participant

          Ultimaker Masterclass

          The Ultimaker is a 3D printer that you can build yourself. Since the technology is Open Source, everyone can modify or improve it's design. During this masterclass I built one for V2_Lab.

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          Fablab Protospace, Utrecht (NL)
          June 2011

            Light in Textiles

            E-textiles designer Melissa Coleman introduced the exciting field of LEDs, electroluminescent wire and optic fibers discussing the pros and cons of each and giving useful tips for incorporating these in textiles.

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            Melissa Coleman
            July 29, 2010

              Wearable Technology Workshop at DMY Berlin

              DMY International Design Festival Berlin has invited the E-Textile Workspace team to give a hands-on workshop at their Maker Lab space. The workshop offered a beginner-level introduction to conductive materials. Participants could create a simple soft circuit and on-off switch with custom-made kits.

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              Piem Wirtz, Melissa Coleman, Meg Grant, Anja Hertenberger, Joachim Rotteveel
              June 11, 2010
              shared workshop leader, project management

                eTextile Workspace

                The eTextile Workspace offers an informal setting for both critical discussion around & about wearables and for hands-on work on individual projects. The monthly Workspace is open to anyone who is interested in the topic of wearables. Many topics have been discussed, such as 'How to present wearables to an audience', 'The use of performative quality in wearables design', 'How to make textiles move' etc.

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                eTextile Workspace Collective
                initiative, production, chairing, hosting

                  Workshop Wearable Technology

                  V2_Lab organized a wearable technology workshop with an emphasis on DIY techniques and performing arts. The aim of the workshop was to provide participants with hands-on experience and to create working prototypes of interactive costumes. The costumes were demonstrated by means of a short performance during the Test_Lab: Fashionable Technology.

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                  Mika Satomi, Hannah Perner-Wilson (KOBAKANT)
                  May 16, 2009
                  initiative, project management, logistics, production, participant