Clothes that change colour according to climate
Alchemist Lauren Bowker has embedded ink that changes colour depending on different climatic conditions.
“I graduated with an ink which is respondent to seven different parameters in the environment,” Bowker said. “Not only will it absorb air pollution, it will change colour to UV, heat, air friction, moisture and more. This gives it the capability to go through the full RGB scale.”
“Each ink works very differently, it depends on what sort of material you want to apply it to,” she added.
During one of her presentations for her company, Bowker used fire to alter the colour of the leather garment. When the flames engulfed the garment, the leather changed to peacock-tail colours spread out over the head dress and when the flames died down, the garment had purple and green tones.
These garments are good examples of biomimicry as they are likened to chameleon skin which adapts to its surroundings. The idea can be adopted by other industries like The medical industry. For instance, Bowker suggests a type of shirt be made to let the wearer know if he or she is suffering from an asthma attack.
Bowker is now working on Olympic 2016 fabrics funded by R&B artist Will.I.am who wants to bring back technology to fashion.
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Tiffany,I like the continuity in your research topics, I noticed that you are very much interested in the innovative chromic colour-changing inks. You can perhaps find more details on how Bowker uses both ends-“fusing scientific study and creativity” to create new textiles applications.