Marina Toeters and Loe Feijs

Fashion innovator and Professor of Industrial Design, respectively and Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology
Utrecht and Eindhoven, The Netherlands

We report on the generation of a specific type of pied-de-poule pattern (houndstooth) using a dedicated cellular automaton. The generator is a one-dimensional automaton such that the development features a so-called puppytooth pattern. In order to make this possible we had to introduce a system of five colors. The desired pattern appears as a contrast of darker and lighter colors, resembling the traditional black and white pattern. It is possible to extend the automaton, which offers a rich playground for various types of semi-random, yet pied-de-poule like behaviors. The pattern was used to weave fabric; we show the fabric and two realized garments.

Cellular automaton-based mini fashion collection
Cellular automaton-based mini fashion collection
80 x 120 x 40 cm
Ultra detailed woven polyester textile

The cellular automaton is programmed in Mathematica 10.4 at Eindhoven University of Technology. The fabric is woven at EE-exclusives in the Netherlands. EE stands for Van Engelen & Evers. The family business has been weaving quality products since 1900 in the village Heeze in North-Brabant. Now EE supplies woven labels and other products of the very best quality to a wide range of leading global brands, see The garments are designed and realized in the studio of in Utrecht.
We like to thank Jun Hu, Frank Delbressine of TU/e and EE-exclusives for their expertise and kind support. We also thank Prof. S.M. Verduyn Lunel and Prof. J.C.M. Baeten for wearing the garments.