Nanotechnology on the Runway

The clothes we wear allow us to express ourselves, influenced by our moods and tastes. Fashion brand CuteCircuit goes one step further, allowing technology to help make a statement in our next fashion choice.

Most of the clothes designed at CuteCircuit have thousands of micro LEDs sewn into the fabric, which allow one garment to have different colours and patterns on it. As co-founder of CuteCircuit Francesca Rosella states:

“We are living in a digital future, so we do not need to sell 10,000 skirts. We could sell 500 skirts, but then could sell thousands of patterns that you download to your skirt.”

These ‘smart textiles’ have the potential to evolve into even more drastic creations, especially with constant advancements in nanotechnology. One already impressive piece made by CuteCircuit is the “Kinetic Dress” (2010). This Victorian-style evening dress has sensors in the fabric which communicate to the electroluminescent embroidery when the wearer is moving. The faster the movement, the brighter the embroidery; it is translating movement into art and fashion.

If you would like to learn more about the different projects at CuteCircuit, check out this video: http://vimeo.com/104636495

- Anna Paluch


Electroluminescent wires.

Electroluminescent wire (often abbreviated as EL wire) is a thin copper wire coated in a phosphor which glows when an alternating current is applied to it.

A Star Wars Geek?

In the spirit of the new Star Wars movie, you can even make your own lightsaber with these EL wires. :)

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Under the bridge

WRX Light Painting

An experiment myself and a friend tried one night to see if we could make it work. It took us three goes from memory to get this right.

The car was first lit by my friend reflecting a torch off his t-shirt and walking around the side and front of the car. We were supposed to use a softbox to do this but we forgot it, so we had to improvise.

The interior of the car is lit by a Canon 580exII speedlite with a red gel, set off remotely from where we were standing. We had to flash it 4 or 5 times to get the right amount of light inside the car.

The green “smoke” you see is generated by material called EL wire (electroluminescent wire). It is a piece of wire about 60cm long and 2mm in diameter. It has a battery pack and you can light the wire up. Waving it around in a photo with the correct settings on the camera gives you the smoky effect you see here. I went around the car twice with the wire in this photo.

Lastly, I locked the car to set off the indicators so they were also lit up in the photo.

Photo was taken in a car park next to the Swan River in East Fremantle. The bridge you can see in the background is Stirling Bridge, right next to the Left Bank pub.

The shot was taken on a Canon 40d for 2 minutes at f/5.6 (lower f-stop than usual for light painting because of the EL wire), ISO200, 32mm.


Fluid Dress

Sometimes you hear something and it makes no sense. The words just don’t go together. Other times you are the chosen one who sees a vision and no matter how ridiculous it sounds you follow it into the mysterious unknown. Thank you for having the faith and courage to create greatness against all conventions.