As technology is entering the most intimate parts of our lives, it becomes more relevant to reconsider the way it looks and feels. The surfaces of technological applications can be softer, more responsive, and more organic. We often need to physically interact with technology. Why not make that experience an exciting sensory one?  


‘Responsive Tactility: 4D Printed Skins’ are surfaces consisting of integrally printed patterns of ‘skeletons’, ‘muscles’, and ‘joints’ on stretched fabric. When the tension of the fabric is removed after printing, the surface folds itself into shape: 4D printing. The form and details of the surfaces change when touched, giving a soft tactile response.


Tessa Petrusa’s latest work is about transformative abilities of structures as a result of human touch. She researches new developments in technology for tactile applications. The human body and various flora and fauna is what she takes her inspiration from. 

Tessa has a master in Cultural Anthropology and a degree in Trend Research. She teaches at the Fontys Academy for Creative Industries in Design Theory, Trend Analysis and Anthropology. 




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