Fiber as we have known it for centuries is rapidly changing before our very eyes.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that fibers created in test tubes – acrylics and polyesters – were the miracle discoveries. Since then test tube fibers have brought us life saving materials that are insulating, waterproof and bullet proof. We now have optical fibers that transmit electronic signals enhancing our communications and fibers that have memory. What could possibly be next. Well, I read a wonderful article in Fiberarts Magazine which describes the cutting edge research of e-textiles. These are truly miracle fibers that can transmit light, data, sound and power. Just think of the possibilities. Listed below is the referenced article and a link to the magazine – highly recommended for all fiber artists.
E-TEXTILES: ELECTRONIC AND EXTRAORDINARY
by Janet Collins
In the growing field of electronic textiles, two university campuses in North America are emerging as epicenters for groundbreaking research and experimentation.