FASHION + TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY
Ranging from 3D knitting on an industrial Shima Seiki machine to computational zero-waste fashion form-finding visualized in Clo3D, these projects merge creative patterncutting and traditional textile techniques with computational methods and emerging digital design tools.
These projects use body movement and data from the body to create embodied interaction experiences ranging from an immersive handcraft experience in VR using dynamic virtual materials to algorithmic most-emotionally-arousing-face generator that uses galvanic skin response data.
Bolor Amgalan is an experimental anti-disciplinary designer investigating the role of e-textiles, virtual reality and other disruptive emerging technologies as catalysts for social change. She started out as a zero-waste fashion designer and later developed her practice further at Central Saint Martins using speculative design narratives, and yet further at Parsons School of Design using computation. Bolor programs hybrid materials that belong to both the digital and analog realms and occupy the space at the intersection of craft values, tangible interface design and embodied experience. Her designs function as culturally sensitive transition design interventions to achieve a more equitable future of work for underpaid craftspeople and garment factory workers, slow production and meaningful consumption.
Bolor's work has been exhibited in museums and shows internationally including the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney, the Museum of Science in Boston, Milan Design Week and Dutch Design Week. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, most recently the AAUW International Fellowship and VFILES Lab Grant.