Each sample you create says something about its future use. When we create samples, we don’t have to know what we will do with them. I believe that free exploration without any restrictions is very important. However, it’s important to bring our collaborators along with us in our thinking process. Therefore, it’s good to create a future vision for our project.
A future vision can be created in two ways:
1. Imagine the developed samples or techniques in future applications. What could they be useful for?
2. Imagine the techniques you will use in the future. What will the industrial landscape be like in the future, and can we provide evidence of what will be possible in the future?
For example, you might imagine what a production technique would look like or what it would be like to develop a machine that could perfectly weave a particular material. Designers often imagine all kinds of futures, but it’s helpful to visualize these imagined futures so that collaborators can contribute to the process.
In the Japanese jacquard project, digital renders were developed to showcase the possibilities of this technique. We combined the feature of discontinuous and supplementary weft with controlling the placement of animate materials in a very fine-grained and targeted way so change can be seamlessly embedded into conformal textile-based objects. These materials could result in two types of change:
Change in design/production time
– Simplify production/sizing
New ways of making with novel or existing materials.
Change in use time
– As we change (size etc), or as our needs change, our textiles can be designed to change with us.
– Extends useful life.
– New textile experiences.