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Creative Innovation Across Disciplines

Metatextiles: Crafting Holes in Space

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Creative Innovation Across Disciplines is a seminar series taking place in the School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University in June - July 2015. As part of the series, Berit Greinke presents: Metatextiles: Crafting holes in space.

  • From: Thursday 18 June 2015, 12 am
  • To: Thursday 18 June 2015, 12 am
  • Location: N35, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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As part of the Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series at the School of Art & Design, Berit Greinke, presents: Metatextiles: Crafting holes in space.

Short abstract 

Metamaterials are composite materials engineered to guide electromagnetic  waves along a predetermined path, allowing for levels of control over the conduction of these fields that were previously not feasible. A negative refractive index material, the pioneering metamaterial that was theoretically proposed in 1968 and experimentally verified for the first time only 30 years later, bends light 'the wrong way', inspiring scientists to propose designs for invisibility cloaks and perfect lenses. This research investigates fabrication technologies for textile microwave metamaterials using an interdisciplinary approach. 'Metatextiles' have been developed from a craft perspective, integrating techniques such as  screen-printing, pleating and digital embroidery, along with established engineering techniques such as chemical etching and vacuum deposition. The work both contributes to scientific knowledge and provides a practical way  in which the creative potential of metamaterials can be introduced to the design community.

Speaker biography 

Berit's work is multidisciplinary, informed by research and practice within design, art, physics, materials science and electronic engineering. Originally trained as a textile designer and artist, she gained an MA in Design for Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins, and is currently studying towards a PhD in the Electronic Engineering & Computer Science School at Queen Mary University of London. Her work has been shown in a large variety of contexts, ranging from UK Innovate 2014 to Dana Centre London and Marrakech Biennale 2012, and has been supported by EPSRC, MRC, Leverhulme Trust and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.


If you are interested in attending or for further information please email Dr Iryna Kuksa, or come along on the day of the seminar.

Location details


N35, Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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