How can advanced fabrication methods become more nuanced?
This project aims to investigate and improve the comfort of 3D printed materials. Combining handcrafted garment traditions and digital manufacturing is a necessary step to solving problems of overproduction in the fashion industry. 3D printing technologies can enable on-demand preparation of a garment, in contrast to the often wasteful process of producing speculative amounts of clothing. tactileDress is a draped dress consisting of an intricate combination of multiple sheets of silk fabric and 3D printed geometries in the form of rigid plastic fibers. Different printing formations were used to explore how the geometry influences the tactile experience of the fabric, resulting in new and comfortable structures.