Final Boards

Here are the outcomes of my 4 week Bradford project, I choose the combined processes brief which allowed me to include some stitching into my dyed fabrics. I also added gold foils with the help of the heat press. The final product would be used as a garment for the fashion market, I thought a scarf would be best as you would be able to see the fine details and reflection of the foils with the fabric being ruffled around the neck.

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Textile Dyes That React With Heat

Sara Robertson is a new lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone, last week she gave a talk about her work and study into thermochromic and photochromic dyes. These dyes are printed onto fabrics like regular colour pigments but have been given an added special effect. The thermochromic dyes react with temperature. Sara explained when placed in certain temperatures the pigment in the dyes changed to a lighter colour. The photochromic dyes would appear very faint but when placed under uv light the dye would change to a darker colour. Sara explained the uv reactive dyes could last for a longer periods of time the longer they had been exposed. She had pre-mixed some blue dyes with various temperature resistances for us to try for ourselves.

  1. As a base layer Sara suggested I use the 47 degree dye, this way the background layer would take longer to change colours while the prints on the top layers would change instantly. This way of layering would allow the patterns to change with the removal of lines, the image would be interchanging with the addition of heat.
  2. The second layer I used was above room temperature, it would change much quicker than the previous layer.
  3. I then decided to add a photochromic pigment, which appeared very light when it dried
  4. Lastly i applied a photochromic dye mixed with puff binder. (puff binder is a paste like substance that you can print with, when dried with a heat gun the paste expands to make a raised 3D effect on fabric.)

This is what the fabric looked like after all four layers had been added.

The first thermochromic layer disappears with the direct heat from the hairdryer, the temperature resistance for these dyes is much lower than the thermochromic base dye.

More layers of the dyes become effected by the heat,

The image does not disappear fully but is dramatically lightened.

Here are the results from the photochromic dyes, which react with UV light.

The print before the UV light has had time to effect the dye.

after about 20 seconds the dye changes colour when in direct contact with UV light.

It would appear that the brand Stone Island have created a menswear jacket that reacts with heat.

Stone Island’s heat reactive jacket, it has a liquid crystal heat-sensitive coating that when it reacts at around 27°C the jacket starts to lighten into a more intense colour. Cool Effect but with 27 degrees as the changing temperature does that mean everyone could see your sweating underarms, you could hardly hide it if it turned bright green. Uh-oh.

The Good Journey

Partnerships and Connections Module

For this module we have been asked to choose a brief from the RSA student design awards. There are eight to choose from including: The Good Journey, Workplace 2030, Circular City, Valuing Water, Improving Water environments, Social Insurance, Speaking of the Spiritual and Change Makers.

I decided to choose The Good Journey.


Identify a daily journey, either your own or someone else’s and improve it in a way that improves it for many people.


For the purposes of illustration only, the following would all be viable responses:

– a new or redesigned vehicle or mode of public transport

– an accessory to improve a particular mode of commuting: walking, cycling, driving, etc.

– a solution that enhances or eliminates queuing situations at transport hubs

– a design that encourages and rewards using public transport

– a service design solution that addresses frustrations at transport intersection/transition points

– a system that makes it easier to share private transport

– a communications campaign to make people think differently about travel

– a redesigned space, for example a platform, concourse, lounge or waiting room

– an activity that makes the most of otherwise unusable commuting time

… and many others are possible.

Judging criteria

There are six judging criteria that your

entry will be measured against:

1. Social benefit, How does your design benefit society?

2. Research, Where did you go to research this issue? Whom did you speak to or interview? What questions did you ask? What did you learn?

3. Design thinking we want to know about your thought processes and insights. Your insights might be research based or intuitive, or a combination of both, but the judges want to see you relate the final concept clearly to these insights. What journey did you go through to get to the final result?

4. Commercial awareness, does your design make sense from a financial point of view?

5. Execution, we are looking for a design that is pleasing and looks and feels well resolved

6. Magic we are looking for a bot of ‘Magic”– a surprising or lateral design solution that delights.

I have started researching methods of transport that people take daily, whether it be on foot,bicycle, car,train,bus. I found that some electronic design methods had already been put in place. For example traffic report,

an electronic sign that tells you how many spaces are left before you enter the car park,

A sign that gives you how many minute you will have to wait for your next bus,

If there has been any change to your planned journeys due to unforseen circumstances,

But what about people to walk to their destination, what could help them?

How could textiles been used to improve someones walking journey from A to B daily?

The research begins…