der näh-krieg und frieden


The communicative aspect of fashion had interested us already previously (like in our project d-room). In particular in this old post I was fascinated by the possibility to convey messages via fashion (here in form of the accessory fan). Buttons are also a popular method for conveying messages, but the “interactivity” potential which is given by the fan can’t be resumed by the buttons. The new possibilities of e-textiles can certainly be extended from interactive camouflage to a fully fledged on-body messaging board (like e.g. with a flexible e-paper-fabric). I like electronics (and in particular everything which has to do with light and LEDs) and admittingly I have a soft spot for the works of Hussein Chalayan however given the recent IPCC reports on climate change it is may be better not to look at Hussein Chalayan (at least for the moment) but at simpler environmental friendly solutions.

The below images* display a suggestion of how one can e.g. convey messages via ribbons to which I attached a little piece of velcro (unfortunately plastic) so that they stick to a woolen sweater. Of course one could take ribbons in different colors and different shapes as well (a microeconomy entrepreneur could make almost a business!). You can make up your own messages to the images, there is no fixed code to them. The last gif animation displays how one can wobble with the ribbons like with a fan.

Last not least – this messaging solution will face problems in summer.

*thanks to Chrissii for modelling.


9 Responses to “der näh-krieg und frieden”

  1. analusia Says:

    the version on the main image is great. the cardi transformed sweater is also excellent. reminds me of a book my grandma used to have on how teenagers in the 50s, who could not afford many pieces of clothing, could ‘magically’ transform a work outfit into an exiting evening dress (i.e. by unzipping a layer, taking off long arms, or throwing a scarf around…). Quite a project in sustainability itself, this 50s “guide book” (if only it would have been written by someone else…). i am not fussed about the large ribbon one (too close to the suggestions in the book i just mentioned). the priest one is good too, you should let the priest know about it. wouldn’t wear the unionjack-proxi (could be nicked for posing as a brit). the 3 necklace one could be a true bombshell, replacing heavy gold chains (needs to sit higher though) and the stripy could become new prison-fashion. But, as I said, the ribbon one is a non-starter… Would be great if the strips could incorporate my shopping list and reminders for the day, as I normally have to write notes on my hand (sadly I mostly don’t hear my mobile phone reminders…, as i don’t want to have the phone on full blast). But: Is it comfortable? How does the sweater now look? (Ribbed?) And: Where can i order it? My kind of project.

  2. Jo sacra di net a namoi oh meiomeiomei Says:

    Sie ! Sie allaubns scho des i eahna amoi in guad boarisch sog wos i denk!

    De franzfuslign Bandaln do – die hättns eahna schpoarn kenna. Da hättens nachad glei richtigerne Banderln wias für de Kropfbanderl gibt, nemma kenna!
    Des fuslt net. Und wenn Sie scho de fusilign banderl nemma, dann muas des eizockelt wern!!!!

  3. nad Says:

    Translation with out guarantee of what “Jo sacra di net a namoi oh meiomeiomei” said:
    October 25th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    You – you allow that I tell you in good bavarian dialect what I think!

    Those linty bands there – you could have skipped that step in the procedure. You could have taken from the very beginning a band like it is used for Kropfbanderl. This doesn’t pill. And if you use those linty bands than these need to be hemmed.

  4. sobore coutuerier Says:

    I agree it is too be observed that there is quite some negligence with regard
    to correct seams.

    And it is annoying that this negligence has even been made into a fashion trend, like you can observe for example here. This trend came probably from the art world (see e.g. here, where they even don’t pay attention wether holes cut into hats could badly frazzle.

  5. Patriot Says:

    sobore coutuerier said:

    This trend came probably from the art world (see e.g. here, where they even don’t pay attention wether holes cut into hats could badly frazzle.

    I wouldn’t even call a balaclava a hat, even if Wikipedia lists it as a hat. These are just a big socks with holes in it.

    I mean just compare this with the artistry and intricacy of such a Mitre-benaki. Fully handcrafted with utmost expertise.

  6. crustacean Says:

    sobore coutuerier wrote:

    I agree it is too be observed that there is quite some negligence with regard
    to correct seams.

    The problem with correct seams is that one would prefer to take an overlock and this may get quite expensive.

  7. Missers Georgina Pickwick Says:

    And there are marvelous examples on how you can decorate seams with
    laces. I love laces! They look especially cute on kids smocks.
    I sometimes wear them underneath my normal day clothes, it looks a bit like here:

  8. britboy Says:

    In contrast to the official LMS theory: LMS don’t bring happiness!

  9. Kater Karlo Says:

    I agree with britboy: looks, money , fame don’t bring happiness.

    I like Georgina Pickwicks suggestion with the lace. Did you ever try bobbin lasce ?
    I have looked around a bit and there are promising results even for newcomers, like
    on this blog for example.

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