E-Textile Workshop at ECHO Dubai


For centuries, people have chosen their clothing as a statement of culture, self-expression and values. What we wear defines who we are and what we believe in. With the integration of sensory technology into our clothing and accessories, we have new avenues to communicate our thoughts, feelings and internal mechanisms. Exploring both the value and the aesthetics of the actuation of this data will revolutionize the future of communication through fashion, design and technology.


Culturally, we have established the need and use for the data collected from biosensing devices but we have just begun to explore the aesthetic applications of this information. This workshop is designed to get you started in the world of e-textiles. It will explore the use of wearable computing using the Lilypad Simple Board with other LilyPad components like a buzzer, a vibration motor, LEDs, a button, a switch, a light sensor, and a temperature sensor.

During this intensive workshop, participants will critically evaluate the WHY of wearables as they explore creative solutions that they will prototype. We will provide examples of various projects for the participants to engage with and be inspired by. Participants will critically discuss various applications of wearable technology and tie these actuations to the functions of various biosensors.

From a design perspective, the most important thing we bring to the innovation loop is the drive to create, make, build, produce beautiful, useful and functional objects. We will look at both the BEAUTY of the objects we are making as well as the WHY we are making them.

Workshop Goal

To experiment with and gain understanding of wearable technology and e-textiles.

Workshop Outcomes

Wearable technology pieces combining craft, technology and aesthetics

E-Textile Workshop: An exploration of wearable media
Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman

AED 2500 Book a Slot
time and date
14 & 15 December 2017 10.00 am - 7.00 pm
the place
Dubai Design District

About the Artist


Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman

leading expert in designing for wearable technology using smart textiles

Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman is a leading expert in designing for wearable technology using smart textiles. Her experience as an industrial designer, researcher, author, and professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn led to the development of Interwoven Design Group, an interdisciplinary design practice where she blurs the lines between design and technology. Rebeccah has over 25 years of experience designing products for athletes, and has held positions as Design Director for Nike, Champion and Fila. She is also founding director of the Intelligent Materials Applied Research and Innovation (IMARI) Lab at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and a former research fellow at the T-Lab for Wearable Technology at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator.

Rebeccah’s work as Founder and Principal of Interwoven Design Group, blends her experience in the lab, classroom and private practice. She is pioneering research in design methodologies, smart materials and wearables including her BioWear, project a kinetic accessory that communicated emotions, recently on display at the Biet Ha’ir Museum and now on tour in Coded Couture show across the US. Some of her recent projects include WithMe a wearable baby monitor, Remo Haptic Training, a smart knee sleeve and the Delta Glove, a connected weight training tool. She has won grant funding from Intel, The NYC Media Lab COMBINE and Verizon Connected Futures. Her unique vision has been realized internationally and she speak globally on wearables and her work. She is the author of the recently launched book Smart Textiles for Designers: Inventing the Future of Fabrics by Laurence King Publishers, London.