Many materials can be incorporated into magnetically interactive systems, even if ferromagnetism occurs in only three elements. Ferrofabric is dedicated to gathering these materials and blending them to make novel textiles. The results vary widely, spanning the gamut of textile design processes and the breadth of magnetic relationships. The main challenges in this research stem from blending metals with polymers, and from magnetizing the resulting hybrid material. Recent experimental work with the Nano Extended Textiles research group at the NCSU College of Textiles has made magnetization a real possibility. Ferrofabric materials have been applied by fashion and interior designers, implemented in novelty products, formed into educational toys, and included in exhibitions including Milan's Saloni del Mobile and the V&A Friday Late in London. The processes developed in order to produce these materials have also been taught in workshops and in lectures.
Founded in 2008, Ferrofabric has grown with the support of Puff&Flock (Melissa French, Amelie Labarthe, Elisabeth Buecher, Kathy Schicker, and Jo Angell), Designersblock London (Piers Roberts, Rory Dodd, Bud Moore), Toyshoppe Systems (Brent Heyning, Kimmy, Tom Bacho, Jason Willis), Coolhaus (Natasha Case and Freya Estreller), loop.pH (Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachl), James Kidd, Claudia Ligari, Andere Monjo, Cassandra Kwon, Robb Godshaw, Aaron Proctor, Jackie Stluka, Matt Pinner, Farzad Rezaei, and Gyongy Laky.