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Design Workshop for Advanced Machine Knitting

Led by Asst. Prof. Sean Ahlquist, Textile Designer Liz Bartlett, and Doctoral Students in Aerospace Engineering Cyrus Kosztowny and David Singer.

This workshop will focus introducing the fundamentals for programming and manufacturing knits using the Stoll CNC knitting machine in the FabLab, with application to specific design studies. This builds upon the skills developed in the Introduction to Knitting Workshop held in September, where the fundamentals of knit structures and manual machine knitting where introduced. The workshop will progress through three stages: (i) development of a textile-based structural prototype which explores certain aspects of knitted textiles from variegated patterns to shaped 3d textiles, (ii) creation of a small knit sample utilizing the manual knitting machine, and (iii) working alongside Ahlquist, Bartlett and Kosztowny to program and manufacture samples on the CNC knitting machine. It is expected that students develop design studies in advance of the workshop through their current courses. Contact Prof. Ahlquist (ahlquist@umich.edu) to register for the workshop, and include in your email a sample of the textile-based studies that you are currently developing and wish to explore further through the design workshop.