We basically spend a lot of our time in the studio making stuff. Sewing circuits, knitting sensors, etching boards, soldering leads, debugging connections, writing code, planning projects and realizing them.

Our work is very varied and includes:
> COMMISSIONS for E-Textile/Wearable prototypes.
> ARTISTIC PRACTICE explores the combination of textile crafts and electronics as a medium for commenting on technological aspects of today’s “high-tech” society. The results of which are often performances, interactive installations, wearable interfaces.
> INDEPENDENT RESEARCH and online publication.
> TEACHING university-level courses and public workshops that cover E-Textile techniques as well as conceptual themes.
> ORGANIZING a range of events from summercamp to swatch exchanges and gatherings to discuss certain topics.

We (Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson) have been collaborating since 2006, and in 2008 formed the collective KOBAKANT. Since 2009 we maintain an online database ti...
We basically spend a lot of our time in the studio making stuff. Sewing circuits, knitting sensors, etching boards, soldering leads, debugging connections, writing code, planning projects and realizing them.

Our work is very varied and includes:
> COMMISSIONS for E-Textile/Wearable prototypes.
> ARTISTIC PRACTICE explores the combination of textile crafts and electronics as a medium for commenting on technological aspects of today’s “high-tech” society. The results of which are often performances, interactive installations, wearable interfaces.
> INDEPENDENT RESEARCH and online publication.
> TEACHING university-level courses and public workshops that cover E-Textile techniques as well as conceptual themes.
> ORGANIZING a range of events from summercamp to swatch exchanges and gatherings to discuss certain topics.

We (Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson) have been collaborating since 2006, and in 2008 formed the collective KOBAKANT. Since 2009 we maintain an online database titled HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT, where we share our DIY approach to e-textiles and wearable technology. This year (2017) we plan to found a legal entity in order to open our E-Textile Maßschneiderei.

KOBAKANT believes that technology exists to be hacked, handmade and modified by
everyone to better fit our personal needs and desires. Our projects often dig around questions concerning cultures of technology and its production. Who invents, designs and develops electronic devices, how are these devices produced, and what is the role of the user/customer in this process?
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Recommendations

Linda Worbin

The strength with Kobakant is their independence and openness when sharing knowledge, making complex things understandable with a humoristic depth and DIY approach.
They challenge material, technology and aesthetic conventions by a unique way of combining new technology with craftsmanship, they have been and is a core of the e-textile movement and community internationally. I look forward to stepping into the E-Textile tailor shop.

Lynsey Calder Print and Dye Technician at The Glasgow School of Art

Having worked with and been a participant in workshops and attended e-textile events and festivals that Mika and Hannah have organised for several years, I cannot rate them highly enough. They both show skills and ingenuity in a growing area of textiles that is inspiring without being intimidating. With excellent organisational skills and an approachable and friendly manner, I truly believe that together they can make the impossible become possible.