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Unit Lab

19.09.20

Makers Manual #19: Electro Colour Prints⁠

Makers Manual is a collaborative project between exciting makers and STORE STORE. These downloadable manuals are a practical guide to making at home for beginners and experts.

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Designed to be purely functional, electronic circuits stay hidden in a plastic shell. Fascinated by these encrypted complexities, Unit Lab worked on a technique for printing with electricity called Electro Colour. The technique uses custom circuit boards and an organic dye from red cabbage juice to print vivid patterns on textile. With this manual, you will design your own printing patterns, make your own circuits from aluminium foil and use electricity to print on fabrics.⁠

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London design studio Unit Lab was founded by designer-maker Cindy Strobach and designer-engineer Mike Vanis with the aim of bringing science out of the lab and into everyday life. Having met at the Royal College of Art, the duo launched their studio in November 2015 with the Gravity Ruler – a desktop tool for measuring both length and weight – and have gone on to work on a number of projects that translate scientific theory into physical objects. Alongside its core projects, Unit Lab creates workshops and installations for schools, museums and cultural institutions.⁠

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