Final year project
Automative Interaction [Read more]
Mechanical rotary system to create movement revealing the red suede underside of the leather. Reclaimed leather all hand-dyed, laser-cut pieces with laser etch and engraving detail.
Independent playable object with hand embroidery detail. Twistable squares reveal hand embroidery and creates an expanding 3D object from a 2D folded piece.
Reversible 3D constructed reclaimed leather with laser etch and engraving detail, all hand-dyed. Raw seam features to enhance tactility.
The reverse side of the 3D Constructed reclaimed leather, hand-dyed suede with laser etch detailing.
Stretch and pull reversible fabric. Matt with contrasting shiny cotton fabrics and contemporary smocking and pinhole detail.
Series of folding squares which increase in size. Made using reclaimed polyester with heat press detail to combine a matt and shiny surface.
3D constructed dome with an opening at either side for hands. The interior is a dyed black domet fabric with raw seams for tactile purposes. The exterior of the dome has a top stitch detail and fringing for sensory purposes.
An electronic capacitive textile sensor which, through interaction, produces a sound in accordance with the intensity of the human touch.
Alexandra Autumn Thompson
Automative Interaction is a study of automotives, kinetics, light and haptics translated into an interactive textile collection.
This project is an exploration of the possibilities of interacting with textiles and its potential benefits. Interaction and ‘play’ are gaining momentum in research as it is becoming clear how vital this activity is throughout life for mental stimulation; relieving stress and anxiety, and keeping calm. The collection is made up of various standalone objects and surface designs involving kinetic mechanics and fabric engineering to produce 3D forms together with an electronic textile sensor to create sound, all with the aim of giving an all-round sensory appeal from touch, sight and sound. A limited colour palette has been used because materials are of utmost importance to this project; the tactile qualities of the material and its application is what brings this project to life. This project only scratches the surface of integrating play and textiles, the development of which could be expanded upon in a Masters to fully realise its possibilities. There is potential for a rewarding future in this concept.
Final year project
'20 Diploma in Professional Studies
'19 Completed Kyoto Design Lab Textiles Summer School - achieving a place on the course and learning new skills within electronic textiles.
'18 The Bradford Textile Society design competition - 3rd place award in Combined Textile Processes.
June 2018 - July 2018
Swimwear assistant - pattern making , Sally Blake
August 2018 - December 2018
All round creative assistant , Flora Miranda
January 2019 - July 2019
Creative knit assistant , Maison Tricot