Take a peek at this article in the Huffington Post (pub. July 4/13) in which I am a featured artist speaking about wearable technology and some of my personal projects. There is a short video as well.
This week I’ve been making machine-knit circuit samples using conductive thread, in preparation for a Wearable Technology course that I teach at OCAD University. Bridging out from this, I’ve also created some samples of machine-knit muscle wire (SMA) that contracts the knit at 12V 1300mA. Because I am using wool, it does not burn. However, the contraction is slight partly due to the weight of the material and the tension of the knit. I’ll be experimenting with finer wool knits later today, and will some photos and video of successful experiments. For now, here is a photo of muscle wire in a knit. It is difficult to see, but if you look carefully you can see a thin black wire coursing through one row.
Above: sample of machine knitting with muscle wire
Below: sample of machine knitting with conductive thread
Below: Teaching OCAD students to create machine-knit complete circuits
I had my hands on a MakeyMakey in the lab today, and conveniently had some leftover tomato slices from lunch.
The result? Tomato drums!
With a new 3D printer at the Social Body Lab, I’ve taken to upgrading the Kegel Organ by designing and printing molds, and later casting the “insertable tech” in silicone rubber. Still playing with the design a bit, but here is where I’m headed.
Here are a few courses I will be teaching in the coming months. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, the organizers of the event, or simply leave a comment on this post.
September 20: Interaccess Media Arts Centre “Intro to Xbee”
October 6 – November 11th: OCAD University Continuing Studies “Intro to Wearable Media” - a 6 week course
December (exact date TBA): Interaccess Media Arts Centre “Soft Circuits”
January (exact date TBA): Interaccess Media Arts Centre “Intro to Lilypad Arduino”
TXTilecity, an online interactive project that traces the physical locations of relevance of textile-based works and their history in Toronto, has included my Earthquake Skirt in it’s mini feature on OCADU’s Social Body Lab. Alongside this piece you’ll see work by my talented peers, Rachael Kess and Loretta Faveri. You can view the video by looking up the address “205 Richmond Street West” in the list/map shown.
I’m graduating OCADU today with a BFA in Integrated Media and Wearable Technology. Convocation today at Roy Thompson Hall. Then what?