Thermal Textiles


Project by Daniel Barry, Matt Sama, and Odin Lapholm

Explorations in reflexive textiles developed several possibilities for the potential application of a thermal negotiation. Initial investigations began as a variety of armatures which would react to the exchange of body heat. Rather than using a temperature sensor, perspiration generated through the body was indexed through moisture sensors located across the body. Perspiration is the body’s natural response to negotiate the exchange of body heat; therefore it is utilized as a primary signifier within the reflexive garments.

Two primary strategies were initially utilized as a means of developing a reflexive armature; a ‘looping’ weave which could be actuated through a simple directional pull of a thread, and a secondary system which relies on pre-tensioned members expanding outward through a rotary motion. Once actuated, the system distances itself from the body, allowing for the exchange of heat. Upon these investigations, the ability for a reflexive textile was explored through a solar shading device.