For certain individuals on the autism spectrum, moderate compression can be comforting when they experience sensory overload. This shirt concept is designed to provide a calming sensation through both its tight fit, which was achieved by knitting with elastic yarn, and its integrated adjustable air channels that were inspired by anti-gravity flight suits from WWII. These channels offer the wearer the ability to alter the shirt’s level of compression so the sensory relief can last longer than it would from a shirt of uniform tightness.
Model: Amalia Restrepo
Process: sampling tension for the knitting machine, prototyping concept with a bike tube, and small-scale arm band tests.