Introducing Vajira Peiris. Vajira is a senior lecturer in textile and fashion accessory design and is working collaboratively with the ATRG team. In particular, Vajira worked with Anura Rathnayake to produce fabric for the illuminated car seat that was exhibited at the Automotive Engineering Show in Birmingham last year.
A fabric swatch was woven using polyester warp and weft merged with illuminated electronic yarns (IEYs). Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) were fully integrated within the fibres of the yarns and encapsulated with resin micro-pods. The IEY yarns were then inserted in between the polyester wefts to form an arrow pattern in a combination of two colours. There were a number of experimental swatches made to explore the possibility of aligning the LED lights into a certain pattern in different colours.
The work has given the chance for both a fabric designer and an IEY developer to identify a number of issues involved in the production of electronic textiles. As a result of the work, Vajira is hoping to further explore applications of light emitted yarns and to support the ATRG team to bring further innovative outcomes using the technology in the future.