The sensory cushions are an exploration of slow craft techniques combined with ETextiles. Created with the Penryn community craft group and hand stitched with felt and conductive materials, the group were inspired by nature in the design of their work. Working in conductive materials within the surfaces enables digital possibilities in the textiles. In this case we decided to concentrate on playing different sounds when touched or squeezed.
As people explore the surfaces, they encounter layers of pattern, texture and sounds. Our research has shown that adding sound effects and other sensory stimuli can increase expressive, sensory encounters with the objects.
Each participant in the group is able to personalise the work they do, creating individual, bespoke designs that are very engaging and reveal a unique way of crafting, and a refined skill in manipulating the materials.