Future Devices event of Cambridge Wireless in London

27th March 2014: ‘On Trend – High Fashion meets High Technology’ @UCL in London Text with help >>

With the buzz around wearable technology such as smart watches and augmented reality glasses, this London event takes a radically different look at wearable consumer electronics, providing a fresh approach on the blending together of the physical and digital worlds. Cutting-edge technology is changing retail in the fashion world. Designers are working with specialised start-ups, and technology giants, to create wearable consumer devices, novel materials and augmented reality.


This one-day event brought together practitioners from fashion design, and wireless technology, working at the cutting edge – where fashion and technology meet. Speakers include Dr Sally Day of UCL, me: Marina Toeters of by-wire.net, Koen van Os of Philips Research, Rob Milner of Cambridge Consultants and Francesca Rosella of CuteCircuit.


The day included presentations and participatory workshop sessions so that delegates had every opportunity to extend their learning by working together in small teams. It was lovely to be involved in the presentation session and by facilitating the workshops. The set-up made it a very active, engaged and fun experience!


This event addressed the importance and implications of the technology and the engineering behind the product. Then explored the potential of these future devices via workshops which provide a range of interactivity solutions with the digital, wireless and on-line world. In depth information of the presenters can be found here >>

SaxShirt by Saxion

A sensing shirt that measures breathing rhythm, heartbeat, and temperature of the wearer. Prototype production by-wire.net: Marina Toeters & Melissa Bonvie.

Glowing collar for Rijksmuseum via Philips Research

Rijksmuseum initiated the project Luminous Couture: a glowing collar, inspired by the 17th century costumes of the wealthy bourgeois in the Amsterdam Canal Belt. The 21st Century interpretation contains LED technology.

It was a pleasure to help Koen van Os and Marius Trouwborst of the smart fabrics team at Philips. Marina Toeters and Melissa Bonvie made the inner collar and stiffer construction under the collar. More info: >>

Wonderful 2014!!!

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Demonstrator for Holst Centre (baby wrap)

Marina had the possibility to design and develop the outer layers of this baby wrap (in the movie after 56 seconds) together with Margreet de Kok from Holst Centre. More info: >>

Solar Fiber featured in China

More info about Solar Fiber> solarfiber.nl or about this article:  fastcompany.cn

Drapely-O-Lightment in Designhuis Eindhoven

Tip: Visit this expo during Dutch Design Week 2013 in Eindhoven! More info: designhuis.nl
Pictures: Lizzy Kalisvaart for The New Institute

fPDP selected for the international conference on culture and computing, Kyoto, Japan

Creative Programming and Generative Arts: Pied de Poule

Marina Toeters at by-wire.net loves to expand innovative fashion by sharing knowledge and Feijs loves making contributions to the field of creative programming and apply them. The proposed artwork, combines culture, mathematics, fashion, computing, and innovative material processing. More info >>

InFashion • Meet Solar Fiber in Hotel Dom Utrecht

From friday till sunday you can have a peek of our solar fiber project! www.solarfiber.nl

fPDP: a novel textile pattern, accepted for Bridge conference

Two art works of Professor Feijs (TU/eindhoven) and Marina Toeters (tech fashion designer) are accepted for the Bridge conference. The works are each a combination of fashion, new technology, and mathematics. 1) Drapely-o-lightment is a skirt designed around the themes of drapability and light. 2) fPDP is a novel textile pattern: fractal Pied de Poule. fPDP is applied in the design of a men’s jacket.

fPDP, Fractal Pied de Poule Jack by Marina Toeters and Loe Feijs, photos Brian Smeulders, model Stephanie Samson. Cotton/polyester, laser cut, welded, 2013

The pattern is generated by a recursive algorithm in Processing, post-processed in Adobe Illustrator and cut with a Speedy300 laser cutter at TU/e. The jack was designed and welded in the fashion technology studio by-wire.net. There exists a classical pied de poule for each N =1,2,3 etc. Taking inspiration from the Cantor set, and using the analysis of the classical pattern, we found a family of elegant new fractal Pied de Poules. At Bridges, the fPDP jacket will be displayed on a mannequin. The outer layer of white fabric has been laser-cut and the tiny holes reveal the black layer underneath.

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