Elisabeth Heimdal – Textile Creativity and Invention

2012 in review – I have been ridiculously inactive, but the blog is still alive!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

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Teaching about textiles

The last full week of February, I attended the course Teaching & Learning at DTU Learning Lab. An excellent hands-on course! I got the opportunity to tech seven other participants at the course (mostly PhD students from DTU) some basics about textiles. I used the so-called inductive approach, which worked out quite well. My “students” were given different kinds of textiles which they have to investigate in a detective way to find out what kind of fibre and textile construction is was made of. You can see my presentation here: Teaching and Learning_Textile Fibres and Constructions_Inductive Approach

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 7 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 30 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 46mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 12th with 50 views. The most popular post that day was Biography.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were dtu.academia.edu, facebook.com, transplant.nu, iob.man.dtu.dk, and man.dtu.dk.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for textile architecture, architecture textile, elisabeth heimdal, maison folie, and elisabeth jacobsen heimdal.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Biography February 2010


Material Update about Textile Architecture March 2010


Previous Work February 2010


CV March 2010


Publications February 2010

Materialities Workshop

Together with my colleague Tanja Rosenqvist, I have written a one-page position paper for a the Materialities in the Design Process Workshop, which wil be held in Århus on the 17th of August. The paper is accompagnied by two short videos showing short sequences of Design:Labs we had with hospital planners at DNU/Skejby in Århus in May. The scope with the Design:Labs was to generate ideas on how the hospital environment could be made more healing using textiles. In the position paper, we reflect upon the difference between working with textiles vs. other kinds of materials (such as plasticine) in a mock-up session.

Article in new journal about textile research

DUCK – Journal for Research in Textiles and Textile Design is a brand new online open-access peer-reviewed journal about textile research. It is published by Loughborough University in England. I just got an article accepted for publication, and it should be available here soon. It is part of the journal’s first volume, called “What is textile design research?” Looking forward to read the other articles as well.

Participation in Conference: Creativity and Innovation in Design

From the 16th to the 17th of August, I will participate in the DESIRE conference with the title Creativity and Innovation in Design. It takes place at the Århus School of Architecture. I will present a paper called “Physical Tools for Creativity with Textile Materials”, where I reflect upon my master project about an inspirational tool for textile designers as well as an ongoing project about a textile kit for architects and other stakeholders not used to working with textiles. You can see a full list of the papers presented here. I expect to get some interesting discussion about the ideas I present in the paper and to meet some interesting persons!

Material Update about Textile Architecture

Together with Diane Noetinger, I have written a Material Update about Textile Architecture, published this afternoon on Nordic Materials’ website. Check it out!

Maison Folie by NOX

Nordic Materials

Alexandre and the view

Since Monday this week, I am in Dale, Sunnfjord, Norway. I am visiting Nordic Materials, the nordic department of the french Innovathèque, on of the few commercial material libraries in the world.

The goal with my stay, apart from contributing with my textile knowledge, is to get an understanding of how the Nordic Materials team inspires their customers and communicates their knowledge about materials.

Wood with optical fibres

How to rehearse the future of textiles

On the 23rd and 24th of February, I attended a mini-conference called Rehearsing the Future, held at the Danish Design School. The occasion was the end of a research project about user driven innovation and sustainable waste handling and the publication of a book with the same name as the conference. Eva Brandt, co-supervisor on my PhD project is one of the four editors of the book.

In relation to my own PhD project, what I found the most interesting was the All-in-a-box/Inspiration box delivered to Vestforbrænding at the end of the project. It is supposed to help them carry on the project on their own. My question is: How would an Inspiration box for textiles look? And how can the future of textiles be rehearsed?


Waste for some, possibilities for others