Laura Devendorf & Steven Frost

Materials–Based Research Grant


From clothing that can respond to its wearer’s bio-signals to fabrics that use body movement to generate power, smart textiles are a rapidly growing area of inquiry within STEM research. Yet, much of this work takes place in research labs that have very little engagement with fiber artists or craftspeople. Devendorf is launching a program of smart textiles research that aims to synthesize practices of art and engineering. With support from Steven Frost (fiber artist) and Allie Anderson (assistant professor of Aerospace Engineering), she has purchased a TC2 Jacquard Loom in order to prototype smart textiles for everyday wearable interactions, art, and applications in space flight. Together, Anderson, Devendorf, and Frost are requesting funds to support the inclusion of a fiber artist on their research team during the summer of 2019. As a “practice-based researcher-in-residence,” the fiber artist would be invited to participate in our ongoing research and to develop original work in collaboration with artists and engineers at CU Boulder. Visit to learn more about the lab and for residency application information.


Boulder, Colorado


Universtiy of Colorado, Boulder


Bridge Art and Engineering in the Domain of Smart Textiles

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