Jingwen Zhu

My Heart on My Dress

My Heart on My Dress is a bespoke connected garment that visualizes my daily experiences and emotions through dynamic changing colors and patterns. Real-time text analysis of my digital diary influences the design of the dress.

Garments are diaries – different dresses say different things, some garments connect us to specific memories, we personalize our clothing the same way we personalize the pages of our journals.

My Heart on My Dress is a novel expression of these themes. It explores personal expression and a narrative version of quantified self through a combination of traditional textiles with innovative technologies.

The custom-made dress is screen printed with thermochromatic ink and wired with soft circuits and thermal patches.  Its patterns and colors transform based on data analyzed from a personal diary app.

The layered screen printing process converts generated graphic design into heat-activated patterns. A set of modular handcrafted printed circuit boards communicates with sentimental analysis app with heat controlling circuit.

About Jingwen Zhu

Jingwen Zhu is an engineer and designer based in New York. Her recent work involves interactive textiles and connected devices. She is interested in designing engaging interactions and combining traditional crafting methods with innovative technologies.

Originally from China, Jingwen received her master’s degree from ITP NYU. She is currently an electrical engineer at Tomorrow Lab and an adjunct instructor at ITP NYU teaching wearables and smart textiles.