Tricotautomat & Basic Machine Knitting Workshop

Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
re:publica 2016

Short thesis: 

Tricotautomat is a workshop where people can get an introduction to working with a hacked knitting machine. Basic Machine Knitting in done on a punchcard knitting machine and will help you understand machine knitting.

Description: 

TRICOTAUTOMAT

This project is dedicated to the idea that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior. Connecting an original knitting machine from the sixties via Arduino with an open source shield allows a real time control over the needles and one can directly knit digital patterns. TRICOTAUTOMAT invites people to enter the photo booth, take a picture and have their photo strip knitted live and real time. An attempt to subvert the notion of knitted textile associated with primitive "handcraft" through its integration of computational design and fabrication method.

The open source software intends to integrate textile fabrication into the field of digital manufacturing. The focus is on the impact of the digital design and fabrication in society through a playful and instant interaction, raising questions as democratization of art and design, production, fair trade, awareness for consumption, less energy consume and social relations.

Participants are invitted to interact directly with the hacked machine and knit their own picture.

Tutor: Rute Chaves, ETIB Electronic Textile Institute Berlin Textile and surfaces design, KHB Berlin Weißensee School of Art

This workshop will be ongoing throughout Wednesday May 4th, 2016 from 14:00 - 18:00.Per workshop: 30 min session, 1-2 participants, please sign up at the GIG makerspace.  Sign up sheet will be available from the start of Day 1. Please come 10 mins before workshop.

 

Basic Machine Knitting with Punchcard Knitting Machine

Introduction to machine knitting on a Brother knitting machine to get the hang of basics and prepare for projects. You´ll have the opportunity to ask questions and knit a small swatch to take home. You´ll test 2 knitting techniques and get to know the functioning of a knitting machine.

Wool will be supplied and no prior experience necessary.

You can also think about integration of wearable technology, this workshop will give you a good understanding on what is possible.

Tutor: Victoria Pawlik, Fashion Designer, Electronic & Textile Institute Berlin Founder, FabLab Berlin Tutor

This workshop will be ongoing throughout Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 from 14:00 - 18:00.Per workshop: 30 min session, 1-2 participants, please sign up at the GIG makerspace.  Sign up sheet will be available from the start of Day 1. Please come 10 mins before workshop.

 

Maker Space
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 11:00 to 12:00
English
Workshop
Beginner