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Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance


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Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance

Apr 7, 2006–Aug 6, 2006

"A thrilling show, quick to stoke imagination and amazement."--NEW YORKER

Discover where design and science meet. Extreme Textiles is the first museum exhibition devoted to the subject of technical textiles--highly engineered materials designed for ultimate performance in extreme conditions.

Organized by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Extreme Textiles features textiles used to create lighter, stronger, and faster boats, bicycles, and rockets. There are also "smart" fabrics, embroidered with computers and communications devices, and incredibly strong fibers that can support buildings and multiton loads. You'll see how ancient techniques (knitting, braiding, and embroidery) are applied to cutting-edge materials (Nomex, Kevlar, and cabon fiber) and learn how textiles are transforming medicine and the body. Extreme Textiles reveals how technical textiles have already become an integral part of our daily lives and forecasts how they will undoubtedly continue to shape our world.

Follow the link below to purchase the Extreme Textiles exhibition catalogue at the Wexner Center Store online.

Please note: This exhibition closes August 6, a change from the originally published date of August 13.

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Designed by Williams International
Developed by Foster-Miller Inc. for U.S. Air Force
Textile designed and manufactured by Foster-Miller Inc. and Fabric Development U.S.A., designed 1995, manufactured 1997
Composite form with blades of triaxially braided carbon fiber integrally attached to a polar woven hub, epoxy resin
Courtesy of Foster-Miller Inc.

Triaxial fabric
Designed and manufactured by Sakase Adtech Co., Ltd.
Japan, designed 1991, manufactured 2002
Triaxially woven carbon fiber
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Gift of The Museum of Modern Art, courtesy of the designer, 2002-28-1
Photo: Matt Flynn

Electrospun fiber mat
Developed by U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center, Supporting Science and Technology Directorate
Fabricated by Dr. Heidi Schreuder-Gibson, U.S.A., 2004
Fine layer of electrospun nanofibers of polyethylene oxide (spun onto a clear mask)
Photo: Cary Wolinsky/Aurora

Manufactured by Edelrid, Germany, 2004
Braided and woven Kernmantel construction
Courtesy of Edelrid
Photo: Matt Flynn

Bioimplantable device for reconstructive shoulder surgery
Designed by Prof. Simon Frostick and Dr. Alan McLeod
Textile designed by Peter Butcher
Developed by Ellis Developments Ltd.
Manufactured by Pearsalls Ltd.
England, designed 2003, manufactured 2004
Machine-embroidered polyester (base cloth dissolved)
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Gift of Ellis Developments Ltd., 2004-15-1
Photo: Matt Flynn

Cheetah Flex-Foot prosthetic sprinting foot
(as worn by Marlon Shirley, Paralympic gold medalist)
Designed by Van Phillips
Engineered by Hilary Pouchak
Manufactured by Ossur North America
Fiber manufactured by Mitsubishi Rayon
Textile manufactured by Newport Adhesives and Composites
U.S.A., 2005
Photo courtesy Ossur North America

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