Currently I’m working on a woven piece that puts a new spin on a traditional technique. This work draws on the Ikat technique of resist-dyeing warp and weft fibres before working them on the loom. In place of the dye I am using a unique thermochromic solution that will bring about colour change behaviours in the final work. The work will be driven by an Arduino + Wifi connection for actuation based on a real-time data set (TBA). Electronics kindly supplied by my friends at Farnell UK. Finished work to be posted soon! Stay tuned!
If you are looking to learn more about electronic textiles, soft circuits, and wearable technology, I will be teaching some upcoming courses at OCAD University. Intro to Wearable Media covers sewing electronic circuits, weaving fibre optics and LEDs, felting with conductive fibre, and machine knitting soft sensors. Following this 6-week course is Clothing and Code, which covers the Arduino IDE, Lilypad Arduino microcontroller board, introductory code writing, sensors and actuators, and clothing allowances for electronic components.
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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”