light emitting embroidery
bruna goveia da rocha
PhD Candidate, Future Everyday cluster, Industrial Design Department, Eindhoven University of Technology
The Light Emitting Embroidery is part of a broader research project that aims to explore the edge capabilities of the digital machine embroidery and sample making practices to create interactive materials. Through this piece, we explore the implications of creating light emitting fabrics through chemical embroidery technique. Although the technique restricts the scalability of the sample, the freedom of routing of the embroidery machine presents the opportunity of creating organic shapes with the integrated optical fibers. The resulting embroidered substrate with integrated optical fibers behaves similarly to a woven structure. When carefully programmed, the points in which the needle lightly damage the fiber create the effect of bright light dots on its length.
wHO AM I?
With a background in product and interaction design, Bruna Goveia da Rocha is a PhD candidate at the Future Everyday group, department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology. Her research is focused on sample making and documentation practices in the context of Digital Craftsmanship. She is particularly interested in exploring the combination of fabrication techniques and emerging technologies to design (interactive) materials and soft things.