Smart Textiles: Science and Technology of Textile Art

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A number of articles have been published in Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal on topics related to the textile arts. This Special Project expands on Leonardo's archive of textile art documentation by focusing on textile artists and scientists around the world who work with smart textiles or the new textiles science and technology.

Artists and researchers interested in writing about their work involving the science and technology of smart textile and clothing arts are invited to view the Leonardo Editorial Guidelines and related information at: and send in a manuscript proposal to

The project is supported by The Marjorie Duckworth Malina Fund, which honors the memory of a key long-time supporter of Leonardo/ISAST. The project recognizes Marjorie's dedication to the ideals of international cooperation by emphasizing the participation of artists throughout the world. For information on making a donation to Leonardo/ISAST in memory of Marjorie Duckworth Malina, please visit

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The following articles have been published previously in Leonardo, LMJ and the Leonardo Book Series:

"Wearables: The Flesh of Social Computing"
final chapter in Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology, by Susan Kozel
MIT Press/Leonardo Books, 2008

The Higher School of Art and Design in Lódz: Tradition and the Present
Agnieszka Grochulska
Leonardo Vol. 21, No. 1 (1988), pp. 79-80

Soft Sculpture: Textiles in Architectural Space
Leonardo Vol. 18, No. 3 (1985), pp. 161-164

Soft Painting and Its Technology
Calman Shemi
Leonardo Vol. 25, No. 1 (1992), pp. 43-45

Photography and Textile Art: Tapestry in the Form of a Triptych
Aleksandra Manczak
Leonardo Vol. 20, No. 1 (1987), pp. 27-30

The Origins of Computer Graphics in the Czech and Slovak Republics
Martin perka
Leonardo Vol. 27, No. 1 (1994), pp. 45-50

Sculpture: My Transformables of 1973-76
Radek Kratina; Josef Hlavaek
Leonardo Vol. 10, No. 1 (Winter, 1977), pp. 42-43

Phytochromography: Screen Printing with Plants: Research into Alternative Ink Technology
Phil Shaw
Leonardo Vol. 32, No. 1 (1999), pp. 33-39

An Approach to Teaching Visual Fine Art to Engineers
Paul F. Miller, Jr.
Leonardo Vol. 9, No. 2 (Spring, 1976), pp. 137-139

Photography and the Plastic Arts
David Haberstich
Leonardo Vol. 6, No. 2 (Spring, 1973), pp. 113-119

Contre le style/The End of Style
Armand; Enrico Baj; Bemporad; Gianni Bertini; Jacques Calonne; Stanley Chapmans; Mario Colucci; Dangelo; Enrico de Miceli; Reinhout D'Haese; Wout Hoeboer; Hundertwasser; Yves Klein; Théodore Koenig; Piero Manzoni; Nando; Joseph Noiret; Arnaldo Pomodoro; Gio Pomodoro; Pierre Restany; Saura; Ettore Sordini; Serge Vandercam; Angelo Verga
Leonardo Vol. 3, No. 4 (Oct., 1970), pp. 465-466

Creative Design: The Foundation Institute of the Hungarian University of Craft and Design
József Scherer
Leonardo Vol. 29, No. 4 (1996), pp. 331-332

Image Generation Survey: Visualizing Time via Computers
Sonia Landy Sheridan
Leonardo Vol. 23, No. 2/3, New Foundations: Classroom Lessons in Art/Science/Technology for the 1990s (1990), pp. 315-317

The Creative Role of Women in a Changing World: The Case of Women in Developing Countries
Eleonora Barbieri Masini
Leonardo Vol. 27, No. 1 (1994), pp. 51-56

Extracts from the Diary of Joseph Floch (1895-1977)
Charlotte Lichtblau
Leonardo Vol. 12, No. 3 (Summer, 1979), pp. 236-241

Arne Jacobsen: Architecture and Fine Art
Rod Hackney
Leonardo Vol. 5, No. 4 (Autumn, 1972), pp. 307-313

Computer Graphics in Art-and-Design Education: The Problem of Planning for Change
Michael Kitson
Leonardo Vol. 24, No. 5 (1991), pp. 541-547

An Interactive Test of Color and Contour Perception by Artists and Non-Artists
Dorothy K. Washburn
Leonardo Vol. 33, No. 3 (2000), pp. 197-202

The American Artist as Uneconomic Man
Russell Lynes
Leonardo Vol. 5, No. 4 (Autumn, 1972), pp. 351-354

The Idea of Avant-garde in Art and Politics
Donald D. Egbert
Leonardo Vol. 3, No. 1 (Jan., 1970), pp. 75-86

Memoir: Behind the Scenes at "Leonardo" 1970-1981
George A. Agoston
Leonardo Vol. 26, No. 3 (1993), pp. 229-234

Artists' Statements
Kirsten Solberg
Leonardo Vol. 29, No. 5, Fourth Annual New York Digital Salon (1996), pp. 405-411

On My Artistic Development Leading to Drawing on Fabrics
Ewa Kuryluk
Leonardo Vol. 14, No. 4 (Autumn, 1981), pp. 265-270

Principles of Integration I Have Found
Joop Beljon
Leonardo Vol. 1, No. 1 (Jan., 1968), pp. 17-24

An Application of the Water Bell Liquid Flow Phenomenon in Visual Art
Philip Bornarth; Franklyn K. Schwaneflugel
Leonardo Vol. 10, No. 4 (Autumn, 1977), pp. 265-269

The Representation of Dynamics in Imaginary and Multiple Dimensions
Arun V. Holden
Leonardo Vol. 22, No. 1, Art and the New Biology: Biological

Streamlining and American Industrial Design
Donald J. Bush
Leonardo Vol. 7, No. 4 (Autumn, 1974), pp. 309-317

Computer Graphics: Effects of Origins
Beverly J. Jones
Leonardo. Supplemental Issue Vol. 3, Digital Image, Digital Cinema: SIGGRAPH '90 Art Show Catalog (1990), pp. 21-30

Symmetry and Dissymmetry in Mathematics Education: One View from England
Mary Harris
Leonardo Vol. 23, No. 2/3, New Foundations: Classroom Lessons in Art/Science/Technology for the 1990s (1990), pp. 215-223

On Producing Colours Using Birefringence Property of Transparent, Colourless Stretched Cellophane
S. J. Edwards; A. J. Langley
Leonardo Vol. 14, No. 3 (Summer, 1981), pp. 187-190

The Permanency of Artists' Paints: Comments on Levison's Report
George A. Agoston
Leonardo Vol. 11, No. 2 (Spring, 1978), pp. 89-96

Drawing for Designing
Peter Lloyd Jones
Leonardo Vol. 17, No. 4 (1984), pp. 269-276

A European Eye on Luminescence: Fluorescent and Phosphorescent Colours for the Visual Artist
M. G. Martindill
Leonardo Vol. 21, No. 2 (1988), pp. 187-190

The Data Dandy and Sovereign Media: An Introduction to the Media Theory of ADILKNO
Geert Lovink
Leonardo Vol. 30, No. 1 (1997), pp. 57-65

CD Contributors' Notes
Daniel Goode; I. Wayan Sadra; Graeme Gerrard; Steven Paxton; Paula Claire; David Rothenberg; Erling Wold; Craig Harris; Amnon Wolman; Marc Battier; Simon Bunning; Sarah Hopkins
Leonardo Music Journal Vol. 1, No. 1 (1991), pp. 95-102

Re-Visioning the Interface: Technological Fashion as Critical Media
Susan Ryan
Leonardo Vol. 42, No. 4 (2009), pp. 300-306.

Social Fabrics: Wearable + Media + Interconnectivity
Susan Ryan
Leonardo, Vol. 42, No. 2 (2009), pp. 114-123.

This project is supported by generous donations from:

Kelvin Tsao
Lisa Bornstein
D.G. Birse
Roger F. Malina
Webster Cash
Karen Tsao
Alice Wood
Harry Horn
Anne Whitaker
Timothy Fox
Beverly Palmer
Thomas Mercer
Marcia Tanner
Robert Hill
Frieder Nake
Doreen Gatland
Darlene Tong
William Fawley
Loren Basch
Webster Cash
Sonia Sheridan
Jacques Mandelbrojt
David Rosenboom
Michele Emmer
George Gessert
Gertrude Reagan
Tami Spector
Lynn Hershman
Richard Wilson
Joan Truckenbrod
James D. Burke
Jack Ox
Craig Harris
Karen O'Rourke
Eugene Epstein
Stephen Wilson
James Maher
Elizabeth Crumley
Eva Craig

Updated 20 October 2009