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[ BRIEFS ] swatches
LEFT: Doenja Oogjes is seen testing
the conductive weaving on the textile
Wi-Fi antenna project.
RIGHT: Prototype fabrics of the Wifino-Wifi
project and a paper origami
concept of how it would unfold.
Photos: Simon Fraser University
Weaving in Wi-Fi
or most of us technology becomes part of our day almost from the moment
we wake up. At the Simon Fraser University School of Interactive Art and
Technology (SIAT), researchers are weaving " threads " of Wi-Fi into fabric as a
way of pushing boundaries to further understand how technology impacts our lives.
Doenja Oogjes, who recently earned her Ph.D. from SIAT, combines textiles
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with technology to investigate how we shape our relationships with connectivity.
Oogjes' research focuses on the relationships between humans, things, and our
environment. As these relationships continue to grow, her interest in exploring
them through textile fabrication led to the design and creation of two projects-
one, a textile Wi-Fi antenna, and another project called " Wifi-no-Wifi. "
The antenna, created by weaving a conductive material directly into a tapestry
fabric, was conceived as a way to understand our relationship with home routers
and the internet. Typically, devices like home routers or modems are hidden as
they can be visual eyesores.
Oogjes created the first woven prototypes and the team is continuing to work
on the project with Milou Voorwinden, a jacquard weaver at the Dutch-based EE
Label, with other team-members including SFU student Henry Lin.
The Wifi-no-Wifi project involves a play on the idea of the Internet-of-Things
(IoT). IoT devices are everyday items that have smart functions built into them,
like light bulbs or smart home speakers. Oogjes worked with Pauline van Dongen,
a fashion designer and postdoctoral researcher at Eindhoven University of
Technology, to design a woven, flower-like object with an origami structure that
pops open when it detects that there are no nearby wireless networks around it.
The idea behind the piece is to understand how a person would care for it-
either to actively open the object or to keep it closed. " We wanted to think about
what it's like to carry something with you that has the potential to surprise you, "
says Oogjes. " We wanted to play with the idea of care and awareness around
how much connectivity there is around us in our everyday society. "
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