SaxShirt by Saxion

A sensing shirt that measures breathing rhythm, heartbeat, and temperature of the wearer. Prototype production 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: >>

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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

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Drapely-O-Lightment in Designhuis Eindhoven

Tip: Visit this expo during Dutch Design Week 2013 in Eindhoven! More info:
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 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!

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 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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20130630 e-textile swatch – Skin patch with magnet zipper

As member of the E-textile group I was asked to contribute to a e-textile swatch book. As is developing products worn close to the body I tried to address some discussion topics that often occur during the process. Four of them are combined in this e-textile swatch.

1) Skin tactility: three ‘feels’ can be experienced composed out of 1 kind of material through lamination.

2) Measuring resistance: when 2 of these conductive components are placed on for example the body, and connected as + and – component changes in resistance can be measured.

3) Handling of the products: items on the body need to be opened and closed quite often. Here a magnet zipper solution for this.

4) System construction: I tried to bring some materials, functionalities and concepts together in clean and somewhat aesthetically pleasing swatch by using the laser cutter and hot-melt lamination.


All these aspects are learning’s and ongoing developments in several projects.


Making process
1) Prepare fabrics with vliesofix + iron
2) Laser-cut all the parts
3) Glue via hotmelt the parts together, while using a template for the 3d shaped botton
4) Glue the magnets (as they can’t handle the needed heat of the hotmelt) with textile adhesive