Maggie Orth
Art, Technology, Design

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Running Plaid, 2007

Media: Hand-woven cotton, rayon, conductive yarns, silver ink, thermochromic ink, drive electronics and software. 70" x 34" x 6".

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Running Plaid has sixty-four hand-woven textile pixels. It is an exploration of how software can reveal different colorsand paterns within a single textile.

In Running Plaid, like all color-change textiles, the weave structure affects visal elements and events in time. Woven conductive yarns alternate bewtween the front ad the back of the double-weave structure. The ones onthe back take longer to heat the ink. In this weay, weave structure controls time inteh piece, not just software.

Progammable color-change textiles combine woven electrodes with conductive yarn, thermochromic ink, drive electronics, and expressive software. Textile electrodes are woven with resistive yarns in the weft and highly conductive yarns in the warp. Plain weave connects these yarns together electrically. The weaving is printed with thermochromic ink, which changes color when heated. Drive electronics send current to the resistive yarns, which heat up and cause the ink to change the color. Expressive software controls the patterns and sequences of the color-change events.


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