Final Project Idea: Sound Shawl – E-textile knitting exploration

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For my final project I would like to explore the world of E-textile Knitting. The final concept is a shawl that is knitted to match a specific spot in nature like a spot in prospect park. And the capacitive touch spots / analogue sensors could trigger audio recordings of that location. The colors (and ideally the pattern – but being newer to knitting would most likely be tied through color palette) 

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Inspired by Einrúm, an Icelandic company that creates yarns and patterns inspired by the natural environment. During our Environment class I was inspired by the idea of increasing the lifespan of an object through customization or having the item individualized. I was reminded of Einrúm’s yarn’s particular ability  to pull on a personal connection of  place through pattern.

Already certain clothing items can function as portals to specific moments or life experiences. For this project would like to connect it back to nature – although  sometimes our connection to technology feels like its pulling us away from nature, technology is just at tool and can also have the ability to enhance our relationship with it.

[ below is a knitting pattern inspired by Basalt rock columns. and there are examples of swatches inspired by specific Icelandic geology]

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For final concept shape was thinking of something along the Elementary wrap pattern by Purl Soho but also know that I’ll most likely present polished swatches / a larger test area ❤

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[Another variation would be more on the healing side where maybe like Jingwen’s heat jacket, there’s a heating element on the inside. For people navigating back pain sometimes it would be nice to have a shawl that feels wearables verses a heating pad thats attached to an outlet or a quick stick on pad or one of the bulkier neck wraps. ]

 

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