March 05, 2007
Concealment + Protection + Souveillance
Using small pieces of mirrored plastic sewn together to make a fabric I imaging will resemble armor.
The material I'm trying to use for the design of these "wearables" will allow for concealment and protection of identity and serve as a conceptual souveillance device.
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding the laser cutter. I need to make sure it is okay to cut plexi that I have tinted.
Posted by ges3 at 03:26 PM
March 06, 2007
Great References from Carlyn Maw!!!!
Posted by ges3 at 08:55 PM
March 07, 2007
Shoeveillance (interview with Marc Bohlen)
excerpt from interview:
A friend of mine told me about an interaction designer who had devised a way for people living in a not very posh neighborhood of London to pass through the streets of their area and yet avoid the gaze of the CCTV network. But it turned out that people were not happy with the idea, they actually liked to be on surveillance camera. Do you think a system like Shoeveillance could make everyone happy: maximum data collection and minimum invasion?
Yes. Let's make everyone happy! Shoeveillence plays with the desire to be seen to some degree. Parading your shoes is a special kind of pleasure, an accepted form of exhibitionism. It is one I would like machines we share the world with to be fluent in. We will have to wait for compliments, though, the appreciation of good shoes is beyond AI today. In HCI (Human Computer Interaction) community, some people speak of 'shy sensors', sensors with low-bandwidth input (such as a button) from which you derive information based on the sensor's location. If you want to know if someone is sitting in a chair without watching them on a camera, for example, you put a button in the chair. Shoeveillence, however, takes in high-bandwidth data (streaming video). It is tamed physically (by its position on the ground and its lens system), disciplined programmatically (by its algorithm) not to notice anything but shoes and incapable of being invasive but geared to be persistently and maximally shoe centric. This is a new kind of problem solving, I think.
I've been thinking of changing my approach to give it more of a fashion angle and instead of just to create wearables to hide from cctv, to create faux-souveillance fashion accesories. Call attention to your fashionable wear while hiding your identity. This resolves the conflict I was having of wanting to use highly reflective material to allow for a private moment. This will allow wearer to stand out and hide at the same time.
Posted by ges3 at 04:51 PM
THESIS NAME CHANGE
to be seen yet not seen
Posted by ges3 at 10:09 PM
March 09, 2007
Yesterday I stopped in an upholstery store. They had some amazing fabrics. Here are some that really caught my eye. I'm thinking about shredding some of the reflective tint film I have and weavinging it to make my own fabric.
Joe's Fabric Warehouse
102 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
Posted by ges3 at 05:25 PM
I created a fan prototype out of window tinting material and plexiglass for the midterm.
I had some difficulty with the material. I was trying to attach the tint in the traditional manner but it would not stick. I ended up having to use some clear tape. I definitely plan to make a more refined fan as one of the final pieces.
Posted by ges3 at 09:53 PM
March 12, 2007
So the other day I was thinking.If the reflective film will not stick properly to vinyl why not sandwich the film between two pieces of thin clear vinyl.
I ordered a couple of clear golf umbrellas. I'm planning on taking them apart and making one "Panoptic Parasol".
Posted by ges3 at 08:36 PM
I looked through some conductive fabric samples today from Shielding.
I'm planning to request or purchase some of their "Tulle" fabric to use as a backing for my window tint weave. If I incorporate conductive fabric and thread now, tech devices (wireless cameras, sensors, etc..) could be easily added later.
Posted by ges3 at 09:19 PM
March 22, 2007
Window Film Textiles
Last week I tried creating my own "fabrics" out of the window film. I tried sticking a piece of it through the paper shredder and then weaving those shredds. The shredder didn't like the film. It seems to pull in a diagonal and leave a textured edge which was cool.
Posted by ges3 at 12:33 AM
To purchase: Reflective tape, Clear Duct Tape, thin sheet of plexi glass, more reflective film, small metal rings like used in hand made jewelry. Try to get sample of conductive tool and conductive threads.
March 26 Get some plexi and templates over to the laser cutting department.
April 2 Work on patterns for hat, hoodie, collar use fabric and clear vinyl.
April 9 Cut and weave designs out of reflective film and work into patterns. Sew.
April 16 Sew. Finish garment attachments. Piece together pieces from the laser cutter if successful including making a nicer looking fan.
April 23 Finish items. Do fashion inspired photo or video shoot.
April 30 Organize site and prepare presentation.
Posted by ges3 at 12:58 AM
March 29, 2007
I'm taking two clear golf umbrellas and combining them to create a "Panoptic Parasol".
First I took the clear vinyl off of one of the umbrellas and put to the side. Next I created a pattern of one of the umrella sections. I've cut several sections out of the window tint materail. I ran out and am awaiting shipment of a roll.
Posted by ges3 at 07:48 PM
Last week I started looking into some examples from the fashion world; designers influenced by technology and societal changes. I ordered this book...hope it arrives soon.
Posted by ges3 at 08:26 PM
wearables and social activism
portable habitats and temporary shelters
Posted by ges3 at 08:30 PM
One of the most innovative and experimental fashion designers...
Posted by ges3 at 08:37 PM