Modular Cloth

Presented at SAIC Shapiro Center Research Symposium Friday, March 17, 2016.

Panel Presentations & Discussions in Science, Technology, and Sustainability
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave. 

Modular Cloth:  Connecting Textiles and Electronics in the Digital Era. 
Jenna Boyles (MFA Art & Technology Studies 2018)
Dylan Fish (MFA Fiber & Material Studies 2017)


An investigation into the parallels between electronics and textiles through modular ways of working, and how electronic textiles can be made more accessible. Data collection, control, and consumption is questioned through the context of cloth. The initial phase of the project involves workshops and hands-on research, including the expansion of the Textile Resource Center’s e-textiles collection. The second phase prototypes fabrics capable of either generating or representing data through the use of soft circuits and weaving.


Color Changing Cloth: Thermochromic Soft Circuits Workshop by Jenna Boyles & Dylan Fish. March 18, 10:30–12:00 p.m. 
Thermochromism is the ability to change color due to a change in temperature. In this workshop participants will learn how to use resistive wire as a heating element in a soft circuit and create a custom thermochromic fabric swatch.