Designers worked hands-on with solar cells and develop knowledge on how to integrate them into clothing and soft textile products.
With the materials provided by Solliance Solar Research and Holst Centre, participants explored the material aesthetics of solar technology and see how these materials can become meaningful in everyday life.
van Dongen showed how weaving solar cells enables the material to become soft and malleable.
Marking the premiere of the Future Thinkers series of public talks was "Solar Fashion – A Conversation with Pauline van Dongen," presented by Renewal SA on Oct. 15.
van Dongen talked about her work to integrate flexible solar cells into textiles and visitors got a sneak peek at garments that enable wearers to generate sustainable energy to power their mobile devices.
Her visit coincided with the 2019 World Solar Challenge in which four Dutch teams participated.