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Designing with E-textiles

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e-textiles circuit

Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

Indicative maximum class size: 12

This course will introduce you to the phenomenon of smart e-textiles and how to develop a concept that could be applied to fashion, interiors, architecture or textiles.

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23rd July 2018 – 27th July 2018

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Course Description

The course will begin with an introduction to e-textiles, looking at case studies of products that have been created.

You’ll then go on to explore the components that designers are using, and their versatility.

Finally, you’ll transfer this new knowledge to a design project of your choosing.

This course is ideal for anyone who’s following a design-related degree at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

It’s also open to lecturers, teachers and technicians who are new to the subject and who want to create products that bring together electronics and textiles into a new and exciting forum.

We’ll encourage you to be open and willing to learn, and to come to the course with an enthusiasm to be challenged.

On this course you will:

  • experiment with a full kit of e-textile materials
  • explore the design process in a multidisciplinary and collaborative way
  • develop your skills in creating a design concept
  • see the NTU textiles department and the Advanced Textiles Research Lab

What will I gain?

By the end of this course you’ll be able to identify the potential of e-textiles, understand how to make e-textile circuits and know what materials and equipment are required.

You’ll have a concept in development along with a presentation that you can share with others.

You’ll also be sent a set of handouts and presentations from the course so that you can continue your design work.

“It was a wonderful learning environment, and Sarah really wanted to show us EVERTHING that might inspire our future endeavors. She’s a great NTU ambassador!” L-HW, Summer 2017

“I thoroughly enjoyed this. Very exciting educational experience. I may consider doing my MA at NTU.” KK, Summer 2017

Tutor profile: Sarah Walker is a PhD researcher at Nottingham Trent University having previously obtained both BA and MA degrees in textile design.

Her skills in textiles led her to explore the area of smart textiles within her MA project which investigated interactive surface qualities using electronics and other smart related processes.

Sarah has continued her interests in smart textiles in a PhD research project which investigates more closely the social dimensions of individuals in multi-disciplinary smart textile teams using tools for reflection.

Alongside her PhD study Sarah has facilitated smart textile workshops with BA and MA design related courses, and collaborated with research groups and the e-textile components manufacturing company Kitronik on projects with students.

Sarah is also a current member of the ArcInTex Network in which interested members internationally discuss the potential of smart textiles and wearables for the future.

You can find out more by email.

Not from Nottingham? Find out more about summer accommodation on our doorstep.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813