As a textile researcher of the School of Material at the RCA, Mingjing has worked with multidisciplinary projects crossing fashion and textile design, scientific material development and digital fabrication. Her designs have been exhibited and performed at the RCA, the Digital Show and London Fashion Week. The latest collaboative exhibition: Inter-fashionality of the 3D Printed Chinese Dress, has gained attention from various publications. As the co-founder of A-boundary platform and 3W studio, she has also been endeavouring to spread the knowledge of 3D-printed fashion and smart textiles through workshops and conferences among colleges and companies including iMakr, Imperial College and Oxford University. This practice-led research at the RCA aims to fundamentally discover the new possibilities and meaning of 3D-printed textiles for fashion design. By adapting 3D-printing and advanced parametric modeling tools, designing 3D textiles forms the main focus of this research. These practices also contribute to reveal the potential of interdisciplinary design and question how digitalization challenges new concepts of fashion and textiles.
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Embedding kinetic capabilities in Nylon monofilament through morphological transformation Ana’s research investigates the use of movement as material to design adaptive and responsive textiles that convey agency and behaviour. The expressive properties of movement are presented as a new layer of dynamic expression in the textile and used to bring life-like qualities to the inert material. The work showcased here arises from the material exploration stage of this research and aims at embedding kinetic capability at the fiber level through mechanical transformations. Using Nylon monofilament and exploiting its particular thermal expansion properties, diverse fibre geometries were created by combining twisting and coiling techniques with heat-set treatments. The result is a collection of heat-responsive fibre morphologies with amplified aesthetic qualities that will be scaled up and used to create self-actuated interactive fabrics and textile installations to discuss scenarios of empathic interior spaces that offer enhanced spatial experiences. Ana Piñeyro is a Research Associate in Textiles at the Royal College of Art and part of the ArcInTexETN program, funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. She is a textile designer with a background in experimental textile design as well as design and development of electronic textiles for interactive applications. She holds a master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media; she has lectured in textile design related topics and worked in colour & material design for the automotive industry.
Investigating new spatial opportunities through textile choreography Marina Castรกn is a textile designer by background and carries out research in textiles and architecture focusing on the importance of the body as a core centre of the design process. The present approach brings a new perspective on how to engage with textile materials when combining the fields of textiles and architecture by introducing the movement as an integral element of the design method. Learning about the material performance allows to design in a more integrative way, not based on digital simulation of the material but in real-time performance. In doing so, this performative process, enables the designer to creatively interact with the material, manipulate it, perceive its logics, eventually transform it and ultimately fabricate it. Marina is an early stage researcher within the ArcInTexETN on the Textiles programme at the Royal College of Art. www.arcintexetn.eu
Biodigital Architecture incorporating micro-organisms within the manufacturing process forms a completely new material category and provides a huge potential for architectural design while breaking with paradigms of conventional material thinking as matter and materials can be no longer understood as a passive entity within the design process. Synthetic biology allows for re-coding cells and create â€œsoftware that creates hardwareâ€? which marks a fundamental shift in manufacturing technology as well as in the relationship between material and designer. -
chitectural design but also questions of ethics and philosophy arise which extend conventional considerations within the domain of material research and therefore form a new, yet important niche of this practice.