Smart Fabrics are Coming, But What About Washability and E-textiles Degradation?

Smart Fabrics washability
One of the most frequent questions we get about smart fabrics is “can I wash it?”. Sometimes companies provide a yes, or a no, but truthfully, the answer is not that simple. Sometimes a “yes” can mean that you can wash...

Sustainable Software and The Awakened Consumer

Sustainable software development is defined as a 'mode of software development in which resource use aims to meet product software needs while ensuring the sustainability of natural systems and the environment.' With this in mind, my question to you is: are you...

Five Fashion Tech Garments from MakeFashion 5.0 That Stole The Show

MakeFashion
Calgary, Canada is home to the annual MakeFashion Gala and Runway Show, one of the largest of its kind. Launched in June 2012 by a trio of Calgarians, designers and technologists from all over the world meet to show off their latest fashion tech...

Would You Get Equipped With a Sixth Sense?

How well can you focus? How strong or disciplined is your brain? If the question makes you sigh in despair, don’t worry, it’s not you; it’s the human brain itself that needs to take breaks quite often before it refocuses. Technology and...

Did You Know That 23 Per Cent Of Our Clothes Are Unworn?

In September 2018, online fashion retailer Boohoo reported strong half-year profits and rapid growth at its fast fashion brands PrettyLittleThing and NastyGal. Revenue for the entire group had jumped 50 per cent to £395.3m, compared with the previous year, and it shows no sign...

Translating Technology – Striking The Balance Is Key

Translating Technology
As technology continues to become more complex it becomes even more important to explain it in a way people can understand. If you make it too simple people will not understand the true value – too complex and they will not understand anything about...

V&A’s Fashioned From Nature, Driving The Sustainability Dialogue

In 2018, the UK had a lot going for itself in the realm of sustainable fashion. This included the Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum’s first ever exhibition about sustainability. Titled, ‘Fashioned From Nature’ the museum of art and design addressed the subject...

[IN MY OPINION] The Importance of Encouraging Female Role Models in Tech

A week ago Donna and I set off to join the incredible group of women (and a few lucky men) at the Everywoman Technology Awards. We were finalists in the Entrepreneur category with two other brilliant women (Emily Brooke from Blaze and Joanne Smith from...

The Fashion For Good Experience, A Simple To Understand Approach To Storytelling

Amsterdam, a city that is home to a number of world-famous museums like the Rijksmuseum, officially stated sustainability as one of their top priorities. So it is rather befitting that the world’s first museum on sustainable fashion is located in the city of freedom. We...

Designing for Smart Fabrics: Deciding What to Design

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Work with a Clothing Designer (someone who works with fabrics) I can’t stress enough how important it is to work with someone who understands making clothing, and other handicrafts out of fabric and textiles. I spoke with Jen Kot, a professional engineer who makes her...