Fabricademy 2017

Textile as Scaffold

Global instructor: Anastasia Pistofidou

Technical textiles have various applications, among which agrotech, building, clothes, geotech, sports. In this class we will use textiles for composites, polymerisation, solidification, fabric formwork, crystallization, composites and biocomposites, agglomerates.

This class focuses on exploring techniques and applications of technical textiles in the industry. It introduces the concept of designing custom processes that require the design of a set of tools, processes and workflow.

Program outline

Technical Textile applications Composites Biocomposites Crystallization Fabric formwork & Concrete or Plaster Casting Wood + Textile Composite


Bio Resin and Resin Borax, Rochelle salt, Potasium sodium, Epsom Salt, Sugar, Concrete and Plaster Veneer Wood Fabric White Glue Vacuum bags or vacuum machine


Each student can use a different technique to make a prototype of a technical textile application

For this assignment you will require to build up your tools (container for molding, vacuum bag set up, frames, matrix, recipients) and process for your workflow.You can use any machine of the fab lab, laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC milling or make it manually. Tip: Give special importance to 3D dimensional geometries you are making and the technique you are using to create them.

How will it be evaluated?

-Documentation on webpage and physical prototype. -Record the process and make a stop motion.

Textile Scaffold

You need to make ¨coupons¨, samples of your composite with standard dimensions : 13x17cm minimum and maximum 40x40cm. Either flat or formed on a 3D dimensional surface.

Fabric Formwork

Maximum size 40x40x40cm

Materials: lycra, leggings, geotextile, any fabric plaster, microconcrete, fiberglass fibers, natural cotton fibers, hydraulic concrete, liquid marble

Wood+Textile Composite

Prepare your wood and textile composite and laser cut or cnc mill your design

Materials: Veneer wood, flexible wood White glue Fabric


Choose one of the recipes or a new one to add in the handbook and create your structure from threads or textile to grow your crystals.

Textile Scaffold


Textile + Wood

Fabric Formwork