Seamless Weaving | Seamless Technology | Modular Design System
Designer: LOY CHAN
I am a menswear designer from the Royal College of Art (RCA), class of 2020, presented
are a few insights from projects including, seamless weaving initiative, Nike future initiative
and highlights from collaborative projects.
The collaborative elements have enabled m to have a hat earn tremendous experiences
and values to my own practice.
// Winning the Timberland x RCA design project,
// Winning the second place for the Porsche Design x RCA: The last mile project,
// Participated in the Microsoft x RCA: How Artificial Intelligence works in Recycling Sorting system?
// Participated in RCA Future Suit project with cross-discipline with textile knitting students,
// Participated in Bartenstein Academy workshop: Future-Oriented holistic design for functional clothing?
// Worked as an intern with the Forpeople providing insights for GenZ in Hong Kong for Logitech.
The collaborative elements have enabled me to have a greater perspective across design and thinking
practises. As a design engineer, I encourage fashion designers to work within a more holistic design
practise and engage with different elements to create a new language in the fashion system. I have
created exciting research and developments into wearable technology, zero-waste garment
manufacturing processes, as well as how fashion designers are working around multi-planetary apparel
design in the future.
I am currently working in collaboration with Janie Chu from RCA Textile (Print) and Mei Zhang
from Queens Mary University of London Media and Art Technology (PhD) on 3 different projects
celebrating the idea of seamless technology in future-wear and future design practises. I am
looking for exciting collaborations that share a similar goal of improving the value and the role
of future designers!
PRESENTATION VIDEO | Seamless Weaving | Interlink — // How a fashion designer works on loom making, weaving modification and machinery innovation design? // When seamless weaving and pattern cutting collide to each other, what will be the role of the fashion designer?
Seamless Weaving | Weaving Modification — // Can we weave a garment straight from the machine? // How can we present an unprecedented solution (i.e. ultimate zero-waste garment making system) in the very early stage?
Seamless Weaving | Structural Loom + Harness Mapping — // Can you apply your design thinking into the language of seamless weaving? // Are there any language in the existing practise that can add to the seamless weaving equation as an hybrid of doing new things?
Seamless Weaving | Brutalist Structural Loom — // Do you think the genre of the designer should be plural (dynamic) or singular ( Focused)? // What do you call a designer with a brutalist and futurist aesthetics, at meanwhile working on seamless weaving and seamless technology?
Seamless Weaving | Material Allocation — // How is the hybrid form of how seamless weaving being developed in 5 years and in 10 years? // Is there any potential apparel making technology that seamlessly integrates material allocations?
PRESENTATION VIDEO | Seamless Weaving Initiative — // How people are working to find the solutions that solve wastage produced in the fashion industry, from the material, design process, distribution, and commercial platform? // What is our future practice as designers to help sustainability in a holistic approach?
This project consists of the research and development of a seamless weaving process,
which is then applied to apparel. Seamless weaving takes place from the perspective
of an ultimate zero-waste garment manufacturing process, from the yarn directly
weave into the garment.
The design journey has been adventurous, leading me to research and reflect
throughout my work, on technology innovations, the role and value of a fashion designer,
and the actualization of unprecedented solutions. It is a journey that never ends: there
are possibilities of the implementation of seamless weaving across a range of existing
garment-making processes - for instance, sewing and knitting. Seamless weaving aims
to coexist with existing apparel design techniques. Seamless weaving is developed to
recreate movements of the body. Research and design have collided into a hybrid in my
work: having visited textile mills and 3D weaving centers has provided me with a deeper
understanding of the current industry, and I have been working to develop a business
model for seamless weaving, allocating different materials to specific parts of the
garment. The project keeps developing.
The structural loom was a lateral design, where garments are triaxial structures with
moving joints. It was developed in order to tackle the dynamic apparel making process.
Future Initiative | Future Closet — // How is holistic design practice means to you as a designer and as a practitioner in the creative industry? // Do you think collaborative as an element should be more proactive between different industries and also in individual designer thinking perspectives?
PRESENTATION VIDEO | Harnessing Electricity on Fabric Interface — // What do you gain from working out or even go hiking, from a social and economical point of view? // Do you think the collaboration between designers and creative discipline is being too passive? What should we do about it?
I have integrated the research in terms of Seamless
Technology and Modular Design elements into this project,
to demonstrate how future menswear will lead the fashion
industry to the cultural adoption of wearable technology.
A holistic design practice from the apparel industry, alongside all the different interfaces including digital
technology and high-performance textile development,
becoming even more important and motivating.