August 17, 2016 AT 1:00 am

The Best of Fab Textiles From #Fab12 Shenzhen @anpistof @FabFndn #WearableWednesday


Anastasia Pistofidou of FabLab Barcelona has curated another Fab Textiles, Digital Fashion and Wearables Showcase that was recently held at FAB12 Shenzhen. Although she is always on the move, she sent me the latest pics of some of the best projects presented. So, grab your latte and get ready for a fun mix! First up is this playful modular fashion by Lital Shabo, Sapir Vaknin and Avital Oshry created at one of Anastasia’s workshops. Imagine assembling pieces into different fashions.


This performing arts piece Batuque is inspired by the Afro-Brazilian faith Candomblé and allows the wearer to become an entity. The costume uses sensors that react to sound from the environment, causing movements and vibrations. Designer Ricardo O’Nascimento uses beadwork, 3D printing and laser engraving to bring this garment alive.


These cool shoes of FilaFlex by Troy Nachtigall really experiment with 3D processes. Check out his Github for more details and to find out how he ended up with dino spikes. It all started with his desire to “create a shoe with a multiple variable infill sole.”

This creepy skin was developed in one of Anastasia’s classes—Skin2. Students used physical computing along with bioplastics and kombucha to develop second skins. Called Encrypted Biometrics, this one imagines life in the future when resources are depleted and people have their blood analyzed to check their vitality before receiving anything. Think of it as a big brother system for maximum use of resources. Congrats to Jonathan Irawan, Lalin Keyvan, Jean Sebastian Munera and Connor Stevens for their work that leaves me impressed, if not a bit queasy.

Well, that’s it for this year’s tour. It’s been great seeing the infusion of natural materials and I’m definitely seeing a trend in workshops on bio-couture. If you are a fan of enviro friendly materials, I should mention that we carry 3D Bamboo filament. It’s recycled and will add another dimension to your making. Have fun experimenting with new textures on your wearables!


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