The Body Loom System
A personalized 3D loom for seamless clothing production.
„Fast, fast, fast, cheap, cheap, cheap, now, now, now¬” – the Body Loom System offers an alternative model to the mantra of Fast Fashion, and equally reflects upon the ever accelerating cycles of the fashion industry. In this case, time plays an integral role. This work consciously removes itself from an industrial, mass-market context, and instead places the focus on the traditional craft of hand-weaving. The central objective was to develop an apparatus, which is comparable to a loom, and enables the seamless weaving of a three-dimensional form in one piece. As the garment is fully manufactured in one stage, there is no need for cutting and sewing. A one hundred percent Zero-Waste-Product is produced, which perfectly fits the given body shape. Due to its construction, the three-dimensional loom slows down the weaving process: unlike a classic hand loom, the weft thread must be manually woven over and under every warp thread. Thus the individual experience of time becomes a significant aspect of the working process. Meditative ‘islands of slowness’ are created, in which the acceleration and automatisation of modern life is temporarily switched off. However the aim is not to absolutize a slowed down perception of time, but rather to integrate it into individual life contexts, and to create a balance between the different time-levels. The amount of time spent weaving one’s personalized garment can be adapted to suit the individual through various parameters, such as the thickness of the thread used. In the course of this weaving process, the body shape is directly materialized. The actual product is the three-dimensional loom, which can be ordered via an online system, and arrives as a DIY assembly kit, pre-fabricated to one’s individual body dimensions. It is a kind of tool which is generated virtually, and combines new technology with an ancient textile craft. For the purpose of further customization of one’s living environment, the process could also be applied in the production of other personal objects such as furniture.
BODY LOOM SYSTEM