Textile should respond to the user instead of the other way around. Innovation should create textiles that are much more alive, to reaffirm our connection with them. This can be achieved with textiles that respond to the wearer’s needs, for example actively providing protection or care without any conscious thought on the wearer’s part. This is the idea behind Dynamic Skin.
When creating Dynamic Skin, NEFFA drew its inspiration from topographies of the human body and microbiome. In simple terms, Dynamic Skin collects and stores solar energy and uses that energy to generate warmth or light, forming its own metabolism. In the same way that the human body consumes food and uses that energy to power movement, Dynamic Skin collects and stores solar energy and uses it to generate warmth or light. NEFFA began by designing five ‘inspirational outfits’ inspired by the human microbiome, blood circulation, muscles, nervous system and bones. It then added further detail and development to those five concepts.
Like the human skin, Dynamic Skin consists of layers. Energy is used based on the wearer’s heart rate and circulation. A monitor translates the wearer’s heart rate into a LED pattern that reflects the rate at which blood is flowing through the wearer’s body. Heating threads in the textile cause the clothes to change colour, giving visual expression to the blood circulation. While creating awareness of our bodies’ internal heating function, they also provide actual warmth. The colour pallet is inspired by the human body: different skin tones combine beautifully with the blue of veins and the red of blood.
NEFFA has used these innovative textiles in its designs for a collection consisting of five ‘inspirational outfits’ and three ‘fashion tech garments’. The technology is an integral element, having been incorporated naturally and logically during the design phase. Rather than being the focus itself, the technology is merely a tool that serves exclusively to highlight the fashion design. The result is a set of clothes that are attractive to wear – a clear difference between NEFFA and the sci-fi and techno applications that, while showcasing the technological possibilities, completely ignore comfort and practical convenience.
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Photography: Local Androids
Film: Local Androids
Sponsors: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie
Organized by Aniela Hoitink
After she completed Fashion Design at the Utrecht School of Arts, Aniela worked for various fashion companies (among others Tommy Hilfiger, Gaastra) gaining a wealth of experience in developing artworks and all-over patterns as well as in designing entire collections. Aniela launched Neffa in 2004 as a way to better express her creativeness and to give her the opportunity to turn her original ideas into surprising products and concepts.
The name Neffa means 'net effe anders' in Dutch, wanting to do things just that bit differently. Aniela believes that distinctiveness and individuality in people and materials are the elements that make the world a special place.
Textile innovation, but just that bit different, is what Neffa is all about. Through her multi- and interdisciplinary way of working and by altering or adding properties to textile, Aniela is investigating how we can and will use textiles in the future and what the related implications will be. Using technology and microbiology, Aniela looks at textile as an extension of the skin, driven by the exploration of their multifunctional layers. And she is on a quest for improving or changing the properties of traditional textile materials.