Some Teaser Images from our Experimental Weaving Residency

While we go through the process of formally documenting and writing up our findings from this year’s experimental weaving residency (sponsored by a Materials-Based Research Grant from the Center for Craft), we thought we’d share a few images of the projects and prototypes that emerged. Above: a series of explorations of elastic weave structures and memory foam stuffed pockets used to maintain skin contact of woven electrodes.

A final testing swatch of 3 weft-system structures to study the interactions between different yarns.

Some early tests of stitches and structures for weaving stuffed pockets.


A detail shot of a proof of concept for weaving an electrode. The gold-ish yarn is conductive and, when pressed against the forehead, can sense electrical signals sent through the body. These signals can be analyzed to correspond to the wearer’s emotion or could, more simply, detect when someone raises their eyebrows. The project concept emerged from the research of Allison Anderson and Katya Arquilla, who intend for the sensors to be used for passive physiological monitoring of people in stressful environments….like space.

Not all electrical components can be found in soft form, so we stuffed small microcontrollers into pockets filled with memory foam. A few pins stick out from the outside to enable programming.


Sandra and Katya test the prototype.

Photos from our first project meeting, identifying opportunities for collaboration between the lab, our resident, and our collaborators in Aerospace Engineering (Allison and Katya).

Close up of stitch structure tests.

Close up of stitch structure tests.


Close up of elastic ribbing structures used for the headbands.


Thin silicone wires are routed through the fabric to connect a microcontroller to electrodes.

More elastic structure gestalt photos.

More elastic structure gestalt photos.


Laura Devendorf (organizer), Sandra Wirtanen (Researcher in Residence) and Steven Frost (organizer) posed for a picture on Sandra’s last day.

Sandra and Katya, close collaborators and friends, pose for a farewell shot.

The final instagram short from our busy (and crowded!) summer in the lab.