Revolutionary Textiles

Digitally printed textiles represent a faster turn around in production for clothing manufacturers world wide, but what about textiles the respond to your body temperature? Textiles like these are being to be refined and used within the garment industry. According to a recent article in Australia’s ABC news networks, textiles are being used for outdoor clothing items are treated with paraffins. “Paraffin changes its character. As you get hot it becomes more liquid and all that heat to pass out,” says Campbell. “As the body gets cold it solidifies and keeps heat back with the wearer (Catapult par 4).” These types of treated textiles can be seen in Goodnighties – a maker of pajamas for menopausal women.

An example of electronics printed into textiles.

Another really interesting avenue for textiles is the printing of electronics into the surface. “And there are a growing number of markets and applications possible, from health care (light therapy bandages and iontophoretic cosmetic skin patches) to electronic wallpaper, heated or lit clothing, and flexible solar cells for portable power (Preus par 3)”. Imagine the possibilities for third world applications for this technology.





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A Celebration of Innovation in the Arts at RIT

On Friday, February 3rd, Ryne Raffaelle, Vice President for Research, hosted a special event to honor research in the arts on campus, specifically that of CIAS. It was entitled A Celebration of Innovation in the Arts at RIT and was held within the Vignelli Center’s University Gallery. Exhibits showcased many of the schools within the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, including three graduate students within the School of Print Media and the Cary Graphic Arts Library.
Carlos Carzo and Vickrant Zunjarrao showcased their work regarding optical agents in papers and color reproduction when printed and viewed digitally. Both students were lead by Professor Robert Chung, the school’s gravure research professor. Also exhibiting research was me! I showcased my recently completed master’s thesis dealing with consumer perception of inkjet printed textiles. All students were able to meet alumni, fellow researchers within RIT, and the general public to discuss their work and showcase the innovation the School of Print Media has to offer. The event concluded with an evening reception, which included a keynote address by Lorraine Justice, the Dean of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.