Smart Scarf Mini Collection
February 2, 2011
A small collection of three scarves whose designs are created with science, math, and technology. When designing the Smart Scarf Mini Collection, I wanted each scarf’s design to be inherent to the technology used to create it.

photographer: RICARDO LOUIS
model: IDA

The act of knitting has a lot to do with counting numbers and keeping track of the number of new stitches and previous stitches. So I decided to try knitting the Fibonacci number pattern which is created by adding a number to the previous number. 0,1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34… (2 comes from adding 1 + 1). Not only did I knit with the Fibonacci numbers in order, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, and 21, but I also added the new number of stitches to the previous number of stitches to get the next number of stitches. I used the formula in the way that I knit. available in SHOP

These scarves were inspired by growing frost on window panes. The Jack Frost Scarf is a t-shirt scarf with snowflake patterns that appear in cold temperatures below 65° F. As the scarf gets colder, the snowflake pattern grows larger and bolder. No longer available.

I like to think of the Miura Ori scarf as a collapsible wool cashmere coat for your neck. Created with a “leaf fold” deployable structure pleat pattern, Miura Ori scarf folds up compactly and opens to create a voluminous, warm scarf.

Miura Ori is a biomimetic structure, meaning that it is imitated from nature into products and designs. It is found naturally in the hornbeam leaf helping the leaves to bloom. Miura Ori is implemented in technologies such as satellite solar panels. The solar panels are small and compact so the satellite can launch more easily into space, and open large to absorb a lot of sunlight. I learned about Miura Ori from Julian Vincent when I was a visiting researcher at the University of Bath mechanical engineering department. An excellent paper about the subject can be found here.
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