Soft Systems focuses on smart textiles and the developments in soft materials (fibres, filaments, yarns, gels, liquids, coatings, mouldable materials and flexible films, virtual materials). The specialism places creative practice at the forefront of the innovation ecosystem; questioning the materiality of our lives and pioneering new ways of thinking and new ways of making that transcend digital and physical boundaries. Our students use a creative experimental approach to propose and prototype new architectures for responsive and adaptive textiles.
Digital fabrication of - and new technologies for processing - materials are explored both theoretically and practically, alongside traditional textile processing platforms. Material experimentation focuses on aspects of e-textiles, physical computing, responsive properties and self-assembly with biomaterials.