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Colour, texture, and luminance: Textile design methods for printing with electroluminescent inks
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. Högskolan i Borås.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9490-5828
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6906-0448
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0256-6257
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0359-6738
2023 (English)In: Cultura e Scienza del Colore - Color Culture and Science Journal, ISSN 2384-9568, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 27-34Article in journal (Refereed) [Artistic work] Published
Sustainable development
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Abstract [en]

Printable smart materials offer textile designers a range of changeable colours, with the potential to redefine the expressive properties of static textiles. However, this comes with the challenge of understanding how the printing process may need to be adapted for these novel materials. This research explores and exemplifies the properties and potential of electroluminescent inks as printable smart colours for textiles, in order to facilitate an understanding of designing complex surface patterns with electroluminescent inks. Three conventional textile print methods – colour mixing, halftone rasterization, and overlapping – have been investigated through experimental design research to expand the design potential of electroluminescent inks. The result presents a set of methods to create various color mixtures and design complex patterns. It offers recipes for print formulation and documents the outcomes, offering a new design resource for textile surface pattern designers to promote creativity in design, and provides fundamental knowledge for the creation of patterns on textiles using electroluminescent inks.

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Milan, 2023. Vol. 15, no 1, p. 27-34
Keywords [en]
electroluminescent printing, smart textiles, textile design, texture, colour mixing
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Design
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-29831DOI: 10.23738/CCSJ.150104Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85164979831OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-29831DiVA, id: diva2:1758685
Available from: 2023-05-23 Created: 2023-05-23 Last updated: 2024-02-01Bibliographically approved
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1. Radiant Textiles: Designing electromagnetic textile systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Radiant Textiles: Designing electromagnetic textile systems
2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

To regard the electromagnetic domain of conductive textiles is to unlock a realm of expressive possibilities. The underexplored area of the electromagnetic domain in con­ductive textiles implies that numerous computational and electronic textiles created thus far possess untapped capabilities. These textiles, composed of metals and metal alloys, transcend our perception by constantly interacting with electromagnetic waves, fields, and signals. Serving as energetic materials, they extend a textile’s design qual­ities beyond its visible and tangible elements, ushering designers into an intangible, non-visual, extrasensory realm.

Through experimental design research, the research program aims to explore the ex­pressive possibilities of the electromagnetic domain of textiles. To achieve this, there is an initial focus on material development to understand the means through which these phenomena can be expressed. Subsequently, the design of methods and tools for sens­ing and perceiving the phenomena are explored. This foundational knowledge is crucial in uncovering the aesthetic potentials of electromagnetic systems involving sensing circuits and textile artefacts. Additionally, design variables that extend the expressive possibilities of textiles are proposed including textile radiance, electromagnetic texture, electromagnetic fusion, electromagnetic coupling, diffusion, and field shape. Further­more, the results suggest a framing for how electromagnetic textiles function through acts of sensing, acting, and revealing. 

Through examples, exhibitions, and publications, an argument is made for positioning electromagnetic textiles as a distinctive category of smart textiles, unveiling the often overlooked design potential residing within electromagnetic phenomena. The choice of how to sense and reveal electromagnetic phenomena through textiles presents aesthetic implications for multisensory textiles, requiring designers to transcend the realms of visibility and tactility, thereby challenging the predominant senses employed in conventional textile design. This presents as an expanded design space that allows for unconventional textile expressions. This forms the basis for radiant textiles: a type of smart textile that regards a textile’s electromagnetic qualities and properties, and which opens to multisensorial textile expressions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borås: Högskolan i Borås, 2023
Series
University of Borås studies in artistic research ; 43
Keywords
smart textiles, electromagnetism, textile design, design methods, artistic research
National Category
Design
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-29751 (URN)978-91-89833-05-0 (ISBN)978-91-89833-06-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2023-06-19, Västindien c, Skaraborgsvägen 3A, Borås, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2023-05-24 Created: 2023-05-04 Last updated: 2023-06-19Bibliographically approved

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