Textile as scaffold#

October 30th, 2018

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#



For this assignment you will require to build up your tools (container for molding, vacuum bag set up, frames, matrix, recipients) and process for your workflow.

How will it be evaluated?#

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.

Lecture Notes#


Lecture Video


Review Video