Wool Tools

Robotic Felting

Wool Tools
Year: 2022
Institution: Atelier Luma
Location: Marseille, FR

In collaboration with Atelier Luma

Artistic and technical direction: Andrea Anner, Thibault Brevet
Project lead: Edda Rabold
Software development: Samuel Antol
Hardware development: Elena Reggio, Severin Göbel-Groß

Atelier Luma:
Artistic direction: Jan Boelen
Exhibition Coordinator: Estelle Mury
Scenography: Elizabeth Guyon
Designers: Sacha Parent, Carolin Schelkle
Textile designers: Margot Graziani, Pauline Plouviez

Robotic Felting

Wool Tools is an ongoing research project by Atelier Luma in collaboration with AATB. It intends to examine the needle felting technology by combining it with the benefits of robotic manufacturing. What impact may new technologies have on how we process wool? The project investigates new possibilities for the treatment and aesthetics of felted wool through the creation of new hardware and software.

The robotic felt-production is the consequence of a customised technique of hard and software functionalities. The motorised felting tool at the end of the robot allows to modify the number of needles as well as the pattern in which they are arranged. As a result, the stroke size of the felted pattern might range from one point to several centimeters. The software can handle various data inputs such as SVG, PNG, and JSON. This enables a modular digital manufacturing process, which may still be modified by adjusting the hardware parameters. Wool Tools seeks a balance between digitally controlled tools and conventional felting techniques.


© Edda Rabold
© Edda Rabold
© Carolin Schelkle