Tag: Global Warming
Here’s a great article to leave the wearables tinkerers feeling inspired and hopeful:
Ecouterre’s “Ask A Designer” Series asked Syuzi Pakhchyan of Fashioning Technology if wearable technology hype or hope? Pakhchyan ended her hopeful response with a quote from educator and philosopher Marshall McLuhan:
“The book is an extension of the eye…Clothing, an extension of the skin…Electric circuitry, an extension of the central nervous system. Media, by altering the environment, evoke in us unique ratios of sense perceptions. The extension of any one sense alters the way we think and act—the way we perceive the world. When these ratios change, men change.”
Pakhchyan explains how technology alone will not save our planet, but rather the affect technology has on the psyche of people will spark the change necessary to make our lives more sustainable. The use of wearable technology will provide a window into how we as humans affect our world. The transparency of production in the fashion industry, energy harvesting textiles and environmental pollutant sensing garments are some of the ways Pakhchyan predicts wearables will directly affect people and subsequently change their minds and behavior.
Syuzi Pakhchyan, media designer and editor of Fashioning Technology gave her predictions for eco-fashion in 2010, and it looking goooood for wearables!
“2010, I believe is going to be a spectacular year for developments and curious experiments in wearable technology”.
This is exciting news, especially for us. With the buzz of wearables quickly growing to a loud roar, the potential for wearable designers and designs is limitless.
Even more exciting – Syuzi’s forecast was included on a list with predictions from 15 others in the “eco-fashion” business world. The implication is awesome: the use of wearables will be just as significant (and perhaps necessary) to aid in the transition from our current business and societal models to ones of sustainability and global consciousness. From products that detect the carbon dioxide in your surrounding area to fashion designs that demonstrate the melting of the North Polar Ice Caps, wearables can be an informative platform to spark to the conversation and innovation necessary to make major changes in our world.
Keep the love coming friends!
Check out what they had to say about our Polar Ice Cap design: Treehugger.com
Big shout outs to two of our favorite blogs giving us a pretty nice nod.
You like it! You reaaaaaally like it!
Webelow Wear is using high tech thermochromic designs to encourage the conversation about environmental awareness through our Green Wearable line.
The debut piece is the Polar Ice Cap shirt which demonstrates the drastic melting of the North Polar Ice Caps from 1980 to 2009. Using a water-based thermochromic ink and American Apparel Sustainable Edition organic shirts, the image of the 1980 ice caps will “melt” away as your surrounding temperature rises to 96.8 Fahrenheit. Revealed is the image of the remaining ice caps in 2009. These ice caps have been in place for 3 million years and in a 20-30 year span have cracked, divided and melted at alarming rates. These changes may lead to a dramatic shift in average global temperatures as the ice caps thin and sunlight directly passes through it to warm the ocean.
The time is now and the choice is ours. WW will contribute to the growing awareness and donate a portion of each sale to The Climate Project, a non-profit whose mission is to educate the public and to raise awareness of the climate crisis at a grassroots level worldwide.
Webelow Wear has been innovating in the wearable technology industry for the last two years with a long line of electroluminescent, thermochromic and screenprinted fashions that help users express themselves through unique clothing and exciting technology.
While wearable tech is an exciting industry, we cannot forget that we are amidst a crisis in our environment and we need to both be considerate of our energy consumption and focus our bright minds towards using our new forms of expression to educate others and provide solutions. As people shaping the future we are responsible to, at the very least, consider the ways our technology will effect our world.
We’re no angels. We all choose to make or not make lifestyle decisions that could make a difference one way or another. We’re not environmental extremists or doomsday pessimists, we’re actually almost normal people, which makes us perfect vehicles to inspire change in others like us.
With that being said, we’re in R&D working on more sustainable wearable paths. In the near future, we’ll be offering unique recycled fashions with wearable upgrades and solar designs that will help you get rid of the grid.
Our first Green Wearables offering will be a thermochromic ink series using a new eco-friendly ink and American Apparel Sustainable Edition organic shirts to express some of the results of climate change. The Green Wearables line’s only technology is the clever use of thermochromic ink. We’ll explore polar ice cap melting, population redistribution, CO2 levels , rising global temperatures, and making a difference.
Check back frequently for more information, relevant climate change news and fascincating product offerings.
Well, we did it! We submitted our application for this year’s Crafty Bastards Arts and Craft’s Fair! We are exceptionally excited, and hope to see other wearables crafters out and about. After speaking to two of the Directors of the fair, Kimberly Dorn and Sara Dick, we did not get the impression they were very familiar about wearables let alone expected other submissions. Great news for us, but we’re hoping there will be an active interest in our products and the industry.
So what are we bringing? Inspired by Alison Lewis we’re bringing our own variation to the Light Up Purse. The instructions are outlined in her book Switch Craft and is a great project for the intermediate crafter. We’ve also resurrected our Street Lamp Shirt using two forms of wearable technology: Thermochromic Inks, and El Panels. While our intention is to bring out our latest Thermochromic Ink designs inspired by global warming, the Thermochromic Street Lamp demonstrates just how cool this medium is. The EL Street Lamp is one of our first wearables project that’s seen many iterations and is still a very cool shirt. And because we are Webelow Wear and want you out there to pick up a needle, conductive thread and continuity checker, we’re holding a brief workshop on soft circuits where participants will create their own soft circuit patch using conductive threads, led’s, resistors and a battery.
We’re still only applicants and won’t know if we’re vendors until July 20th, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope to see you and all your wearables crafts on October 3, 2009!
More information on all projects coming soon!