As of 1-19, this project is on hold until I finish my portfolio.
This semester I decided to work on a series of short projects (projectiños) to expand my breadth of experience and experiment with things.
I recently got an iPad to use as a portfolio, and got a stylus to sketch on. It was really annoying because my palm/pinky kept disrupting the capacitive sensing, unless I lifted everything up and only used the stylus to touch the screen (this produced less than desirable results).
Since I haven’t sewn in a while and I want to try to design something fashionable, I decided to start designing an iPad glove. No name yet (suggestions welcome). So this is the first out of a series of projectiños I will do this semester.
Similar to Project Modai, I will be documenting my process here and on my blog (http://blog.tarng.com).
I’ve been working on a glove for iPad users to wear while sketching with a stylus to prevent capacitive interference from your palm/pinky. I realize there are a few products out there, but they feel a little dorky:
I haven’t found a catchy name yet for the glove, but it’ll come one day.
Step 1 - Mood board
I started looking for some imagery that I felt could inspire the aesthetics of the glove. It should be something that you aren’t embarrassed of wearing and someone fashionable would be able to sport it.
Step 2 - Sketch modeling
First and foremost this glove needs to fit and prevent capacitive interference. I started out with a paper cutout that I hacked away at until it felt okay, then I traced it onto a piece of felt I have left over from Project Modai to make this:
The glove has one wrap around your palm and one around your pinky (since your pinky moves around as you draw different types of lines).
Step 3 - Sketching
To refine the form through sketching, I traced some photos I took to create this template that I printed and sketched over.
I explored functionality for the wraps/straps, a little CMF (although the mood board already pointed me in some specific directions, mainly with the grey felt).
Step 4 - Materials
This will be a short project, but it will end with a functional final prototype that I will actually use. I spent a few hours gawking over fabric stores online (because it’s hard for me to get to one in snowy, icy Pittsburgh with no car). I will order a felt placemat (that’s just a rectangle cut of wool felt) from feltplanet on Etsy.com. It should give me a few gloves to mess up on while I practice sewing/cutting.
I found some microsuede on fabric stores but I really don’t know what microsuede will look like. I hope it’s got a bit more texture than microfiber cloths I use to clean stuff. The iPad sleeve I got from Incipio has nice suede interior and I’m gonna see if I can get something similar to it.
I will proceed with the three string wrap around concept. The main body of the glove is 100% Virgin Merino Wool Felt (if I can get my hand on it), with brown microfiber/suede bottom that cleans your screen as you draw. I will get a long piece of black string and attach some sort of wooden talisman or other to secure the end after wrapping.
I need to purchase materials and acquire a sewing machine + thread. Should probably address thread color in some sketching. I also need to do a few more felt sketch models based off of my sketches to see if my forms work well.