You don’t have to wear a dress regularly to be mightily impressed by Minneapolis artist Charlie Bucket‘s incredible fluid-filled knitted wearable art. The handiwork of several years experimentation, the dress is made from huge lengths of rubber tubing knitted into a dress; various computer-controlled pumps adjust the flow of dyed liquid through out, creating patterns and shapes across its length.
Video demo after the cut
Technical details are sparse, but Charlie does say that it uses 600 feet of tubing and the pump can be carried in a backpack. The tubes themselves, meanwhile, are filled with a mixture of dyed water and air, while “the patterns are partially controlled by the onboard valves, and partially random.”
Unfortunately it sounds like while the dress is finished, so is Charlie’s enthusiasm:
“It has been a long labor to make this. I do hope you find something here, although I have become mostly unenchanted with the dress and video, despite my ambitions. I don’t know if I was ever really captivated with it or rather just captive to it. In any event, the Stockholm Syndrome is far gone.”