Date(s) - 09/05/2016 - 05/06/2016
9th of May 2016 Kristi Kuusk opened an exhibition showing mainly collaborative work, that served as carriers of knowledge for her Reseach through Design PhD project atEindhoven University of Technology Industrial Design TU/e in Saaremaa – an island in Estonia.
Designer-researcher Kristi Kuusk opens her exhibition “The digital stories on textile” on 9th of May at 16.00 at the Saaremaa Art Studio in Kuressaare. One part of the author’s PhD research at the Eindhoven University of Technology is shown in the exhibition. Her dissertation titled “Crafting smart textile services” was presented in February 2016. In the exhibition, static textiles, such as a duvet cover, a pillow, and a carpet gain a new life through smartphone or tablet screen. 3D characters appear and move around the canvas’ Augmented Reality layer in the software application. The users are encouraged to tell their stories about the appearing characters. The interactive stories on textile is a modern alternative to classic bedtime story allowing parents share their stories with the children before going to bed. Digital stories on the static bed linen can be changed throughout the lifecycle of the textile, and therefore, extend the lifetime of the duvet cover. Achieving sustainability through the implementation of technology is one of the main pillars in Kristi Kuusk’s work.
The exhibition introduces how Kristi Kuusk took inspiration from the Estonian folk costumes when developing the new ways of embedding information into textiles. The multi-layered meanings of patterns on traditional mittens and stripes on folk skirts inspired the artist to develop QR code embroideries that would connect the users to the cultural information in the video, photo, audio or text format.