3d printing and wood at Paris fashion week

An experimental new material was put to use in the creation of a flexible, soft dress of stunning complexity, produce with Laser Sintering technique.
Austrian architect Julia Koerner explains, “My collaboration with Materialise for the 3D printed dress for Iris van Herpen’s Haute Couture Show ‘Voltage’ 2013 reveals a highly complex, parametrically generated, geometrical structure. The architectural [...]


A felt workshop at the Fablab with Openwear

slippers openwear
Sabato first of december 2012, in the afternoon, we are at the Fablab in Reggio Emilia to laser-cut felt slippers!


From the idea to the prototype with the help of open design

At the end of July I spent a week at Supsi with Massimo Banzi and around 20 participants at the Physical & Wearable computing summer school.

The focus of the course was on the design and prototyping of digitally fabricated interactive objects. It was the first time I was working with Massimo and some weeks before I shared with him the approach I had in mind.

Usually, wearable technology workshops start from ready-made garments or accessories. Old gloves and t-shirts, cheap belts or jackets are “decorated” with technology.
I wanted to experiment a different point of view.
I would have brought some rough prototypes of wearable accessories made of felt and produced with a lasercut.


The future of knitting


When a couple of years ago I got interested in the development of the first open-source loom and interviewed Margarita Benitez of Osloom I suddenly realized the potentiality of weaving, knitting and crocheting in terms of modularity and flexibility.

Now i’d like to present you two other projects that got my attention. They are not open-source, they are proprietary projects, but they show us how companies are researching and investing in new patented technologies that are revolutionizing the field.


Two projects of crowdfunded fashion

Crowdfunding platforms are starting to emerge also in Europe. Today I want to present two projects with two different approaches of collective cooperation and still open for you to take part.
The first comes from Spain and is hosted by Goteo, the platform focused on funding open-source ideas. In this case the object asking for support [...]


From chain production to chain reaction with open design

fad open design

At the beginning of July I’m going to Barcelona invited at the Open Design Shared Creativity forum (check promotional code below!) to talk about open-source branding and collaborative clothing :

“An international forum that seeks to explore and debate the emerging landscape of openness and exchange that is taking shape around practices such as open code, creative commons licensing, co-creation, de-localisation and collaboration.


Ready for Summer School on wearable computing with Arduino?

Photo by Paul Downey

Next july I’m excited to be at Supsi Summer School (Lugano) to talk about and prototyping on open-source fashion with Massimo Banzi. You can find the complete description below and apply to the course at this link.

Physical computing encompasses the design of interactive physical systems through the use of software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world. Applications of physical computing are becoming spread and, thanks to technology miniaturization and fast prototyping, it is now possible to experiment solutions of interactive and wearable objects that can be digitally fabricated.


(Italiano) Un marchio open source per una moda sostenibile, aperta e partecipata

(Italiano) Pubblico un articolo scritto per la rivista Loop e tratto dal mio intervento a WorldWideRome

Openwear al World Wide Rome

Nel 2010 Johanna Blakley, direttrice di un think-tank sui media all’Università della California, ha rivelato di fronte a una platea nutrita della Ted conference che, l’industria della moda, a differenza di altri ambiti del settore creativo non produce valore a partire dalla protezione della proprietà intellettuale: non solo la maggior parte dei capi e accessori venduti non sono coperti da copyright, è proprio questa mancanza di protezione che permette al sistema di essere profittevole.


Where does all the clothing go? – Insights from academic research, but without the jargon

Everything must go exhibition

From Friday 20 to Sunday 22nd of January 2012 the ‘Everything must go‘ exhibition in the South Bank’s Oxo Wharf (London, UK) opened its doors to the public.
The event was in many ways special: Not only aimed at bringing interested non-academics and academics together, but its principle aim was to convey to the general public academic research results around recycling commodity chains (from the ‘Waste of the World’ and ‘Worn Clothing‘ project) acquired over the course of 5 full years. The mentioned two projects have 2 major focus areas: Clothing Recycling and the recycling (scavenging) of ships in dedicated shipyards. While the facts and stories about ship recycling impressed through the strength and rawness of their on-site report, it was the how ingeniously literally everything gets a new lease of life left in developing country that made a a lasting impression on me.


(Italiano) Geometrie di corpi lasercut

(Italiano) federica braghieri

Ho incontrato il lavoro di Federica Braghieri seguendo il blog The Laser Cutter. Mi ha subito colpito il gioco di forme e tagli dei suoi modelli e l’ho contattata per approfondire la sua metodologia di lavoro.
Dopo uno scambio di mail e avendo capito che le nostre agende non riuscivano a farci incontrare a breve abbiamo fissato un incontro in Skype e questo è il risultato della chiacchierata.


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