Creative Design: Professional

Soft Boundaries

  • Krissi Riewe Stevenson (Kent State University)
  • Jennifer Meakins (Kent State University)


The purpose of this project is to use digital knitting technology to create textiles exploring human interactions with space through interdisciplinary collaboration between architecture and apparel design. Here, a collaborative research process resulted in digitally knitted items spanning scale and application to define space, personally connecting the user/wearer to their environment. In this project, digital knitting was used to produce a system of temporary enclosure and furniture, with the use of the same knitted systems in apparel design. Reflection on this research suggests that digital knitting and further interdisciplinary collaborations can be used to produce a highly tactile, transformable sense of space existing within a structure as well as an item of clothing. Digital knitting allows the designer to imbed values of function and aesthetics into the product throughout the process.

Keywords: Sustainability, Digital Knitting, Textile Design, Circular Design, Architecture

How to Cite:

Riewe Stevenson, K. & Meakins, J., (2022) “Soft Boundaries”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi:

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Published on
31 Dec 2022
Peer Reviewed