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Dust off your gladrags, safety specs and labcoat as Creative Reactions invites you to attend a night of inspiring talks and engaging activities on textiles and materials - Dress Code: Science Casual. Researchers will guide you through the wonderful world of wearable electronics and e-textiles and discuss how insects and animals provide insights into multi-functional smart materials. Entertainment is provided by Luke Chaplin's spectacular science stand-up. And if all that still hasn't Suede you, get hands on with knitting, stitching, crocheting and crafting, microscopes, 3D printers and more!
Functional Fashion: From the industrial revolution to graphene to future intelligent life
Dr Xuqing Liu (Research Fellow)
The primary function of a garment is to protect the wearer, and fashion gives the wearer a symbol of aesthetics. However, the demand for apparel has gradually increased, for example, the tactility of fabrics, and the needs of different environments, or the wearable devices in fashion design. Functional fashion, as a new concept will be introduced as an essential part of the future of intelligent life. Manchester, from the world cotton spinning centre in the industrial revolution eras, to the birth of graphene, has an important impact on the present and future of functional fashion.
Luke Chaplin - Stand up comic, sit down scientist
Luke Chaplin (PhD Student)
A scientist by day... and remains one at night. However, for Creative Reactions he will be prodviding a laugh laden lecture with rigorously tested material. Luke aims to prove science is an excellent catalyst for comedy.
The Butterfly Effect: Structural colour in butterfly wings and it's application in smart materials.
Dr Ahu Gumrah Parry (BP-ICAM Kathleen Lonsdale Fellow)
Structural colour in animals has fascinated scientists for centuries: Sir Isaac Newton described iridescence in peacock feathers in his 1704 book Opticks. Today, materials scientists still investigate structural colours and the amazing coloration we see in butterfly wings and beetle shells using the latest equipment. We are inspired by studying the biological world’s intricate structures and their design principles. Through understanding and replicating these naturally evolved patterns engineers can design multi-functional-smart materials such as shape-memory alloys or "invisibility cloaks".
On the night, we’ll have a collection of artworks by the fantastic Chloe Knights (https://www.chloeknights.com/), Kelly Stanford (https://www.kellystanford.co.uk), Beck Smith (instagram.com/rebecsart) and Tony Pickering (http://pick-art.co.uk/about ). There’ll be time before, during and after the talks to observe and interact with these fantastic pieces of art!