Leonie Tenthof van Noorden, Loe Feijs, Marina Toeters, Jun Hu and Jihong Liu

Industrial Design professors, teachers and student
Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The two art works proposed are combinations of fashion, new technology, and mathematics. This Fits Me is a lady's dress by Leonie Tenthof van Noorden designed using sphere packing. The vision is that using generative algorithms, the designer or brand can provide a design context in which the customer can still personalize the final design (for example by adjusting parameters of the sphere packing algorithm). Warp Knit Fractal is a lady's fashion item by Loe Feijs, Marina Toeters, Jun Hu, and Jihong Liu. It is a first result of a new cooperation between TU/e, Jiangnan University and by-wire.net. The fractal is generated by a recursive algorithm in Processing. Warp knitting is the source of inspiration for this fractal.

This Fits Me by Leonie Tenthof van Noorden
100 x 35 x 35cm

This Fits Me is a dress by Leonie Tenthof van Noorden designed using a sphere packing algorithm. The area to be filled is based on the actual measurement of the customer. After the sphere packing, the centers of the circles are used as the seeds of a Voronoi generation algorithm and subsequently the boundary of the resulting cells are rounded. The algorithms have been implemented in Grasshopper, which is the scripting language for Rhino (a 3D surface modelling tool). The result has been laser cut and stiched together to form the elegant dress shown. The work is part of a more ambitious project by the Wearable Senses theme at TU/e Industrial Design exploring how new digital technologies can be interesting for the fashion industry.

Warp Knit Fractal by Loe Feijs, Marina Toeters, Jun Hu, and Jihong Liu (Model Charlotte Geeraerts, Make-up artist Lana Houthuijzen, Photographer Katinka Feijs)
90 x 40 x 20cm
Coton/Polyester (Jersey Leon White)

Warp Knit Fractal is a fashion item designed as a celebration of warp knitting in the sense that the "behaviour" of a single warp thread is nested recursively. We started from the basic principle of warp knitting, yet one yarn is singled out and its loops are the inspirational source for the algorithm and the fractal it generates. The fractal is computed using the Oogway turtle-graphics library (Processing) at TU/e. It has fractal dimension 1.8. Splines add roundness to the fractal's leaves, strengthening the nature-like appearance. We created this elegant lady's dress using a combination of knitted fabric (the substrate) and textile printing (the fractal line). Special thanks go to Pauline Klein Paste of HKU (Utrecht School of Arts).