Explorations in Thermo Fabrics: Painted Patterns and Threads

For this workshop experiment I mainly worked with thermo paint and dyed fabrics that changed to white when introduced to heat. This was perhaps my favourite workshop yet! There is a lot that could be done with thermo fabrics and creating painted prints that react to heat.

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Figure 1. Dyed thermo fabric threaded to thermo painted design with thermo thread to reveal a white trail from electro current. (Paint was blue but later turned white.)

I was mainly playing around with print designs but conceptually I was playing around with the concepts of narrative and tried to translate that into this narrative. My workshop sheet explores these ideas based on the questions provided.

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Figure 2. Worksheet #4.

I threaded the painted design thermo fabric to the dyed fabric piece to attempt this. Simple at best, I wanted to see the heat run up or appear to the painted design to see the change in colour.

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Figure 3. Close- up shot of dyed fabric changing from electro current.

It’s very faint, but in figures 1 and 2 you can see the colour change in the fabric dye on the right side. I was also very fascinated by the different colours of thermo paints and dyed fabrics I could work and design with. I mainly experimented with thematic paint and thread and thought about the heat creating cool prints and designs based on the thread design.

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Figure 4. Power voltage used to attach to thermo thread.

I noticed the paint camouflages to white when met with heat. I unfortunately blew my Arduino micro when I accidentally ran a pretty high voltage through it. (and burned my finger.) Causing the chip to overheat on the micro to overheat.

Running it through the the plug directly I was able to see the heat change.

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Figure 5. Thermo paint changing white after receiving voltage.
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Figure 6. Thermo paint changing white after receiving voltage (not so much change happening in this shot though.

If I were to do this again I would try again with some interesting heat patterns just with thread sewn into the the dyed fabric to reveal the patterns.