Sara Diaz Rodriguez


With the Hilanderia digital spinning machine, Sara Diaz Rodriguez is opening up a new way for designers to make textiles more efficient and sustainable. The machine allows designers to control the entire manufacturing process: by selecting and mixing the fibers, transferring the pattern during the spinning into the yarn and, finally, during the textile construction. Hilanderia opens up a new way of approaching the design and individualised textile production as it allows for precision in using materials thus creating smarter constructions and less waste.


Mentor: Prof. Jörg Petruschat





Esther Zahn


The project UX.FTT by Esther Zahn focuses on the development of textile sensors and conductor tracks which can be integrated into textiles in a modular principle. These sensors offer beginners in Fashiontech the possibility to realize their own projects in the field of digital transformation of fashion.


Mentors: Prof. Carola Zwick & Anastasia Zagorni





Johannes Lohbihler


Dadamachines allow users to develop new hybrid composition strategies by combining the capabilities of digital music tools with the richness of analog sound. The modular dada system enables users to control analog sound installations through actuators, activating sound objects and surfaces through midi signals. Thus enabling a broader audience to tap into the wealth of music-making machines and their unmatched sound depth and dynamics. After three years of product development and a successful Kickstarter campaign spring 2017, Johannes now produces and sells dadamachines in his onlineshop.


Mentor: Olaf Bach





Ursula Wagner


Ursula Wagner designs dynamic, three-dimensional fabrics and site-specific installation artwork for public and private interiors. With a sense for unconventional compositions of materials & colors and her expertise in digital weaving technologies, she creates large-format spatial objects and textile walls with multi-layered structures that are equally intriguing both from a distance and close-up. By working intensely with these computer-controlled looms Ursula Wagner explores and extends the potential of digital tools in the field of textile creation and production.


Photography: Juliane Eirich


Mentor: Prof. Carola Zwick


Maximilian Mahal, Lucas Rex & David Kaltenbach


People with prostheses are limited in their use of digital hardware: mouse, keyboard and touchscreen are not built to match their needs. However, amputees are often able to simulate movements with muscle control in their phantom limbs. Possibilities arise by creating a link between arm muscles and digital elements. Shortcut is a wristband that combines the movement of phantom limb with an optical sensor, creating contactless computer controlling. For example, tapping of a thumb and fore/middle finger, creates a left or right click, and snapping closes the active window.
This provides greater freedom in the workplace and beyond.