performatic fashion

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E-stitches Barcelona

If you are working with e-textiles, conductive threads, craft and technology, combining hand embroidery with electronics, then you should learn about the e-stitches community of practitioners! E-stitches started in London by Melissa Coleman, Camille Baker, Irini Papadimitriou and Emilie Giles and they are expanding to other cities like Briston, Berlin and now Barcelona!

The idea is to bring together artists, designers, researchers, technologists, curators, choreographers, journalists, entrepreneurs and industry thought leaders that want to share theis practices and research, collaborate and connect.

We are launching the first E-sticthes Barcelona with 3 talks, on Thursday 20th of May at 17:00 CET with three speakers:


Citlali Hernández (Mexico City, 1986)
Industrial Designer at UNAM; Master in Digital Arts at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Fab Academy at IaaC Fab Lab Barcelona.
Citlali focuses her work on the body as a space for research in artistic practices that through diverse multimedia formats, relate the experience of the body and the use of technology from a critical perspective. Some of her projects have been presented in various spaces and festivals, including: CCEMx (Cd.Mx), CMMAS (Morelia), GAM Cultural Center (Santiago de Chile), L’Estruch Cultural Center (Sabadell), Sala OFF (Valencia ), Contemporary Art Fair JustMAD 15 and 17 (Madrid), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), ECOSS Festival 18 and 19 (Barcelona), VERTEX Video Art Festival (Medellín), among others. Currently, and in collaboration with Nuria Nia (Matics Barcelona), she is doing an artistic residency at Hangar (Center for Artistic Research in Barcelona) developing the  project “Satelite Bodies”  centered on the tensions between data and body over the Internet. Citlali is also dedicated to teaching digital fabrication and interaction, and is a doctoral student at the Centro Universitario de Diseño BAU with the theme “Body, Technology and Performativity: The body in the practices of new media art”.

Agustina Palazzo is an Argentinean artist with a degree in Audiovisual Design from the Blas Pascal University with a Master in New Media and interactive technologies from the IAAC (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.)
Her practice oscillates between art, education and cultural management in the context of the digital world and new technologies. Fluctuating between a critical and poetic vision, she takes communication technologies and human behavior as the basis for her creation and thinking. With a multidisciplinary attitude, between performance, sound design and objects she uses new technologies as creative tools. Based in Barcelona she is a professor of Digital Creation and Wearables technologies at ESDIo Escola Superior de disseny and she has participated in solo and group exhibitions, festivals and residencies around Latin America and Europe.
Paola Guimeráns is an E-textiles education specialist and an Interaction Design and Wearable Technology expert.  She holds a BFA major at the University of Seville, an MFA Design + Technology at Parsons School of Design, New York. and a Ph.D. major at the Complutense University of Madrid. My Ph.D studies examined how the improvements that have taken place in the field of e-textiles provide new opportunities for research and learning in what visual arts concerns, with the use of digital technologies and electronics.Since 2013, I  have taught and developed interdisciplinary STEAM curricula focused on e-textiles and  Wearable Electronics. Among other projects, I am the founder of the innovative educational technology project Aula STEAM:E-textiles and Education and the author of the online e-textile DIY resources platform written in Spanish PrototipadoLAB.
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Development of Samsung EGO / Betiana Pavón

Winner of the contest SAMSUNG EGO Innovation Project / 
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid
Project by Betiana Pavón / FabTextiles / Fabricademy BCN Student
Betiana Pavon, an Argentinian Accessories designer with her brand ¨ALASKA Accesorios¨ studied at Fabricademy Barcelona in 2018-19.
With her final project she applied to the Samsung Ego Innovation Prize and was selected to present a complete collection for the edition of July 2019 with a prize for development of 10.000 euros!

The project is focused on the design, prototyping and development of "head accessories". Re-referred to as "portable objects", a perfect excuse to crown the head with a distinctive piece, a piece that can be unique, that identifies directly with its user and interacts with it, using Samsung devices as a link.

The project was developed at Fab Textiles Lab in Fab Lab Barcelona for 1,5 month where all looks and custom electronics where designed and fabricated.

As for typologies and morphologies, the concept of “portable structures” is addressed, which can be constructed and deconstructed through modules, achieving almost abstract accessories.

The inspirational axis of this collection is the "Deconstructivist Movement" reflected in organic forms, fragmented, distorted and complex geometries ... product of the incorporation of new technologies (Hardware: machinery, electronics) and computational design tools (Software). The conception of this collection is based on the liberation of geometry and rules in general.


3D Print

The computational design allows a new reinterpretation of the forms, in this case applied in portable accessories. By erasing old construction limits, 3D printing allows for the realization of unique, custom-made pieces and contributing to a sustainable digital manufacturing model, where it is produced only on the basis of real demand, thus reducing the waste generated by the fashion industry.

Laser cut

The implementation of new materials (such as acrylic, technical textiles, etc.) and the inclusion of parametric digital patterns that allow the creation of fragmented geometries, distortion and complexity of shapes, require the use of new tools, such as laser cutting. The inclusion of this machinery in the manufacture of this type of parts is key, since it allows perfect finishes, pinpoint accuracy and reduces manual work. Thus achieving in a single step, fast and efficient cutting of pieces and perfect patterns in series.

The main intention of this project is that Samsung devices are not only an addition in the proposed style, but that they interact directly as a link between the carrier and accessories. That is, include technology in the entire project.Runway Mercedes Benz Madrid Fashion Week / July 2019
LOOK 1 / Concentric Hat -Input: Sound vibrations (microphone sensor) -Output: Rhythmic flashing of the lights (neo pixels) integrated in the prototype. Visualization of the sound vibrations received at the moment, on the tablet device.

LOOK 2 / Aurora Cap -Input: The device is connected via Bluetooth using the Android APP "Adafruit Bluefruit". -Output: This APP allows the user to select between 16 million colors, the adjustable brightness of the light source and also use this app to generate their own color light show.

LOOK 3 / Lamp Hat
-The hat contains a custom board, in which a rhythmic code of the LEDs was turned on and off, based on the song of the catwalk, which was saved in ATtiny format. The LED light is channeled and is reflected in the lateral reflectance optical fiber.

LOOK 4 / Parametric Hat
-Input: A webcam incorporated into the accessory records in real time.
-Output: the filming of the runway of the model on the catwalk is displayed on the tablet device

LOOK 5 / Reflecting Hat
-The structure hat formed by a helmet printed in 3D and wing deconstructed parametrically achieved through laser cutting in methacrylate, is assembled and joined through ribbons of reflective material, which reacts to the light of the flashes.

LOOK 6 / Geological Hat
-Input: The device is connected via Bluetooth using the Android APP "Adafruit Bluefruit".
-Output: The user can select the color, but in this case of the neo pixels incorporated in the hat, which in turn are programmed to generate a loop circulation effect pattern around the helmet.

LOOK 7 / Vader Cap
-The user can change the light effects of the built-in LEDs through a button (custom circuit and board). In turn, the light is reflected in the "hair" of fiber optic embroidered by hand in the translucent layer.


Project by Betiana Pavón
Mentoring by Anastasia Pistofidou
Design and production assistant Ana Correa
Electronics consulting and development Angel Muñoz and Ioannis Vogdanis
Developed in Fabtextiles, FabLab Barcelona, ​​IAAC Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.
 ZAGV clothes
 Silvia Fado shoes

http:// Samsung EGO / INNOVATION PROJECT 2019 from ALASKA Accesorios on Vimeo.

http:// ALASKA Accesorios / Mercedes Benz Madrid Fashion Week / 2019 from ALASKA Accesorios on Vimeo.



Adafruit Feather M0 Bluefruit LE
 Adafruit Microphone / Breakout Boards
 Programmable RGB LEDs
 MakerHawk 3.7V rechargeable lithium battery
 Optical Fiber / Slide Glow