Tailored Bond

Fine Tuning


Al Pot Petit
In Virtue of Glass

0034 618 184 091


Inés Sistiaga is a designer focused on the connection between body and matter, graduated Cum Laude from Design Academy Eindhoven, her body of work and research includes a wide array of materials and expertise collaborations.


Tailored Bond

The performance capabilities and tactile possibilities that knitting can achieve are already used to create responsive textile patterns and behavioural tissues. This project intends to combine that technical potential with 3D scan technologies,used in medicine, in order to create a system that starts from the healing needs of a specific body and returns to it with a specific product to assist on those needs.

Knitted orthopaedic devices are shaped to assist the performance of our body’s soft tissues, such as epidermis, muscles, tendons or ligaments. Designed based on an understanding of the body derived from standardised data sheets, their performance capacity could be regarded as limited.

We can currently find an impoverished design scenario where the possibilities for a doctor to implement an assisted healing treatment is limited to a few sizes and material qualities. To this we could also add that those products are not sensible enough to the patients and their bodies.

Tailored bond proposes a tailored-to-fit system which operates through a software capable of translating detailed data, from a patient’s 3D MRI scan, into a code for the knitting machine to understand. Hence, parameters as stiffness, compression, elasticity, texture, warmth and transpiration, within others, can find material translation into a knitted customised brace. A combination that allows for a precision not achieved so far by this discipline. A process that generates a material in and for collaboration with our individual bodies.

This production system proposal hypothesises with current technologies, found in the medical, sportswear and knitwear fields. In order for it to find place in the real context, programmers, doctors and designers should team up so to create the necessary algorithms while designing a closed software system that can be automatised and applied as a service for hospitals.

The production and material exploration has been supported by Knitting Holland Funding, and researched in collaboration with Textiel Lab Tilburg Museum and Knitwearlab. Willing to expand the possibilities of this technique, the working method has been experimental, trial and error, in a constant feedback between the knitter and me.