Eindhoven – Jessica Smarsch presented 'Constructing Connectivity', a garment-making process that translated bodily movements into design blueprints.
‘Traditionally, textiles were created through the natural rhythms of the body on a loom,’ Smarsch tells LS:N Global. ‘I wanted to bring the engagement of the body back into what is now a very industrial manufacturing process.’
Her wearable device tracked a dancer’s body through a series of movements. This data was then recoded and visualised using bespoke software to create a ‘monochrome graphic that becomes a blueprint for weaving fabric’. The pattern was then put through a loom using a double-layer weaving process and a plant and animal fibre to achieve a unique texture and form.
A washing process then converted the fabric into a single, seamless garment, ready to be cut and worn. Each piece represents an individualised interpretation of choreography, movement and gesture.