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Textile as scaffold#

November 15th, 2022

Anastasia Pistofidou

Technical textiles have various applications, among which agrotech, building, clothes, geotech, sports. In this class we will use textiles for composites, polymerisation, solidification, fabric formwork, crystallization, composites and biocomposites, agglomerates.

This class focuses on exploring techniques and applications of technical textiles in the industry. It introduces the concept of designing custom processes that require the design of a set of tools, processes and workflow.

Program outline#

  • Technical Textile applications
  • Composites
  • Biocomposites
  • Crystallization
  • Fabric formwork & Concrete or Plaster Casting
  • Wood + Textile Composite


  • Bio Resin and Resin
  • Borax, Rochelle salt, Potasium sodium, Epsom Salt, Sugar,
  • Concrete and Plaster
  • Veneer Wood
  • Fabric
  • White Glue
  • Vacuum bags or vacuum machine

Weekly Assignment#

Visit the handbook to see the assignment criteria for this class.

Textile Composite#

You need to make your textile composite with the binder of your choice and document all the materials needed, recipe, step by step process. Either flat or formed on a 3D dimensional surface. 3D model and CNC mill your mold and create your final textile composite

Fabric Formwork#

Maximum size 40x40x40cm

Create a pattern to sew and use as fabric formwork for casting

Materials: lycra, leggings, geotextile, any fabric plaster, microconcrete, fiberglass fibers, natural cotton fibers, hydraulic concrete, liquid marble

Wood+Textile Composite#

Prepare your wood and textile composite and laser cut or cnc mill your design

Materials: - Veneer wood, flexible wood - White glue - Fabric


Choose one of the recipes or a new one to add in the handbook and create your structure from threads or textile to grow your crystals.






Previous years videos#


Lecture Textile Scaffold#

Review Textile Scaffold#



Lecture Textile Scaffold#

Review Textile Scaffold#


Lecture Textile Scaffold#

Review Textile Scaffold#


Lecture Textile Scaffold#

Review Textile Scaffold#