textile trends 2015

A lot of what we are shown at the Heimtextil 2015, is about EXPERIENCING textiles in combination with the rapidly developing technology in general. Some examples, beautiful ideas to my opinion, I will give some extra attention to in this blog. 

The only way to create change is by thinking differently. When you start thinking differently, for example when you start with the idea that you can create emotional experiences for people in their living surroundings instead of starting with an idea to make product X , you will come up with totally different solutions.
We are looking at new materials and textures to use all our senses and in this way really EXPERIENCE.

Smart textiles

Samira Boon is an architect who worked in Japan for 4 years. Japan is the world for hi-tech yarns. The combination between this and her work as an architect, shows us a technological image of her creations in spaces, atmospheres and EXPERIENCES.

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Samira works together a lot with the Textiel Museum in Tilburg (NL) and this museum has an interesting exposition on Smart Textiles, as we speak.

smart textiles textiel museumTU/e Eindhoven (NL) did research on interactive textile designs. What are the possibilities here, while we still keep the tactility and at the same time are able to trigger all our senses? They a.o. make use of metal yarns, 3D, backings, graphic printing, shrink yarns, led light etc.
With Smart textiles their goal is to be able to apply ways to trigger more senses in the production of textiles and with that keep a head start on the low production countries. Examples:

  • Vibe-ing: vibration in textiles;
  • Textales: when using an app, the woven fabric shows an extra 3D dimension to make the story telling more alive
  • Interactions: textiles with heat, textiles with light, textiles that respond to a heartbeat, a touch or a change in temperature, visible because the textile changes colour of temperature.

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When we look at the changing consumer and the continuously changing technology, we can thankfully see that technology is not the only trigger. Luckily there is still enough room for craftsmanship, simplicity and elegance.
Another very important item that should be built in, in every new textile development, is sustainability. Sustainability in both production methods, choice of materials and recycling. The ‘new’ is not only about making a ‘new product,’ but also about ‘new creative ways’ in which the textiles are made and used.

Out- of-the-box thinking and unorthodox cooperation’s arise between artists, scientists and the industry. There is plenty of attention to the above at the Heimtextil trend forum!

Keep following us for one final blog about the textile trend colours 2015 next week.

images via Textiel museum | Samira Boon |Textales | Heimtextil



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