TTorch

E-TEXTILE WEARABLE TOYS FOR CHILDREN.

The project

Innovations in smart textiles technology are on the rise. These amazing innovations may also bring great environmental issues. TTorch project was created to bring different fields like electronics and textile engineering together to create a kit for educational purposes and follow circular economy principles during the process. TTorch is a creative toy for up to 8-year-old children, using e-textile principles. The product kit creates a bridge between engineering and design, by letting the user explore a personal light source and build surroundings to it. The goal of the project is to show how interdisciplinary fields can work together and with that creating different opportunities.  

Barbro Scholz (Germany)

BARBRO SCHOLZ is one of the founders of Stühmer Scholz Designbüro based in Hamburg. The company’s core knowledge is in the field of textile technology and design development from idea to prototype. Barbro is an artist and textile designer. She has a background in design with a focus on electronic textiles and interaction. Her interest is in the impact of designed objects especially textiles with their poetic tactile character. 

Paula Veske (Estonia)

PAULA VESKE is a PhD student at Ghent University. Her previous knowledge was gained in textile and apparel engineering. Paula has over 4 years’ experience in different clothing and textile related fields in development and manufacturing companies. She is also in charge of smart textile products and production activities. 

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

The idea of TTorch was born when Barbro Scholz, Hamburg-based textile designer and research assistant at the University in Hamburg, asked Paula Veske, Estonian-born PhD researcher on electronic textiles at Ghent University, to create together a soft e-textile torch for children developed with sustainability in mind. After one Skype meeting both were so excited that it couldn’t be contained.

“We were really interested in our main audience: kids from age 4-8. In the end we had two main goals: to entertain and to create interest in engineering in young children.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

The challenge was not to make a regular toy but increase the added value by allowing several ways to use it. To do so, we decided to build on the concept of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). To compel our audience, we understood that storytelling and creating a character was essential. Ergo, octopus Jeffy and its under-the-sea themed blanket with conductive parts and LEDs was born.

Playing with Jeffy and understanding his environment encourages children to play and discover it alone and also to include others, for example (grand)parents, siblings, friends…. Achieving one of our goals, which was also to bring families and friends closer together and explore each other’s interests, strengths and imagination.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

Our creative process was smooth and rough at the same time. Although our backgrounds in design and textiles are similar, the main difference was that Paula had always worked on the engineering side and Barbro on the artistic and design side. Creating a mutual understanding while being in and from different countries already created some barriers. A designer and an engineer often want to make the same thing but in a different way. So, keeping an open mind in every step was essential. Clear example occurred during the last prototyping session. From an engineering perspective, one of our ideas seemed too complicated to realize. But by putting biases aside, the sample was still made and ended up being the final prototype we are both enthusiastic about.

Throughout the design process, we achieved great efficiency of sample development. Since we were only two partners, making changes and new designs took weeks, not months. In the end, we had three main prototype and design phases.

Still, working with e-textiles usually brings problems, both in electronics and textiles. So we were also faced with questions regarding how materials function together, and how the process could be scaled up. We solved those challenges solved thanks to the knowledge on design, production and industry we built up throughout our educations and careers and by taking the initiative to discuss those issues in the earliest possible stages of development.

THE COLLABORATION:

Our collaboration brought out the strong sides in both of us and benefitted the project nicely. We had a great working atmosphere, respectful and funny.

THE FUTURE:

In the future we plan to look for a strategic partner who is already active in the field of toys and more specifically – educational toys. We want to expand and share our idea. We think well developed e-textiles toys have a great potential in the market, in terms of entertaining as well as educating and even in therapy.

THE MESSAGE:

We truly believe collaborations bring innovation and out-of-the-box thinking since you need to step out of your box to do it. Best results come in the interdisciplinary teams!

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

The vase

The vase

Lumimóza

Lumimóza

3D metal panels

3D metal panels

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Tagenea

Tagenea

Loom-State

Loom-State

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing

NO/thing

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Freskos

Freskos

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

SEISMIC GARMENT

SEISMIC GARMENT

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Manual bag

Manual bag

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

BioChromatic

BioChromatic

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie – Hope Blooms

Beaggie – Hope Blooms

Ignorance is Bliss

Ignorance is Bliss

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

FreyZein

FreyZein

Step Smart

Step Smart

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Recontile

Recontile

Fashion Colada

Fashion Colada

SCALA

SCALA

New Matters

New Matters

Not 2 Forget

Not 2 Forget

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Biolea

Biolea

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space in Between

The Space in Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-LAMP

Hi-LAMP

Lucid

Lucid

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

Spell My Name

Spell My Name

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

Planned Space Pooling

Planned Space Pooling

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

PULSAR

PULSAR

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Multifunctional Textiles

Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

KICS

KICS

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Circular Bags

Circular Bags

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair