Since I now have a working stretch sensor, I really have to get started with the suit! This is one of the most challenging things for me right now, as I am really a perfectionist when it comes to design.

 

As this is a conceptual art project, I want the fashion aspect of it to be conceptal as well. Thus, as the concept is a lot about reconnecting with Nature, I only want to use reused or scrap materials. When I was talking about this with some people in my home, my magnificent flatmate Kim said that she has some leftover scrap materials that she won't use that I could use for the project, and so I received a bunch of fabrics that can be used to create the suit! I quickly realized however that I can not just use any fabrics. Since it is to be a performance suit for dancers, it needs to be quite flexible, and as the stretch sensors need to be able to bend properly I need the fabric to be flexible enough to not hinder the stretch sensor from stretching out as far as it needs to. Luckily there were some fabrics in the gift I received that might work perfectly for this! I will list them below.

 

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     A blue velour fabric that is incredibly stretchy in one direction, but no stretch whatsoever in the other

 

This fabric was very interesting. I received quite a bit of it, and it is incredibly stretchy in one direction but no stretch at all in the other. I figure that this can possibly be used in areas where there is some necessity for extra stretch! I didn't receive enough to make an entire suit out of it though, so I will have to mix & match a bit.

 

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     A patterned black & white fabric with some stretch

 

This fabric seems most promising this far. I found that this fabric was just about stretchy enough to allow for fluid movement, while being stiff enough to (possibly) allow for the stretch sensors to stretch properly. I also received a whole lot of this fabric, and there is probably enough in here to create an entire suit! I feel like a suit that is entirely made out of this fabric would be quite bland and boring however, but if I use it as a base and then expand on it with minor details it might be usable and actually make the suit look good! I have been envisioning something a bit more minimalist though, but I'll just have to see what other fabrics I find and see what I end up making.

 

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     Some black velour and some random orange fabric

 

These fabrics I thought could possibly be used for some minor details. At a second look, however, the orange fabric does seem quite hideous (it might just be an unflattering picture, though!), but it might still be utilized for SOMETHING.

 

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     Flowery fabric!

 

This fabric has no stretch whatsoever, but I found that the flowers would represent the natural aspect of the constellation quite well! I was thinking some kind of patch on the suit might be nice, or something of the sort. I am not sure whether it will stop the movement flow, but it would be nice to have something which represents Nature on the suit!

 

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     Weird net fabric

 

I feel like this fabric has a lot of potential for fun details on the suit! As it casts shadow it can be used together with lights, and I really like that it's shiny. I really like this one, and I hope I can use it in the suit somehow!

 

I will just have to check out which fabrics might work together and how, and then just create the suit! Already looking forward to it