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I had my hands on a MakeyMakey in the lab today, and conveniently had some leftover tomato slices from lunch.

The result? Tomato drums!


I’ll be exhibiting the Earthquake Skirt and Stock Market Lingerie at this TIFF exhibition for fashion, film and tech. Eventbrite tickets are available — come and say hi!

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”

Fur is out. Debris is in.

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.


My thesis project, a translucent knit canoe with handwoven fibre optics, is on display at OCAD’s Graduate Exhibition. The light behaviour is controlled by a recorded data set of wind gusts on Lake Ontario.


You can see the work at 100 McCaul Street in room 140. Look for me — I’ll be sitting in a dark corner!

This evening Kate Hartman and I ran a workshop on Soft Circuits for young girls (aged 6-12) with the Canadian Association of Science for Girls (CAGIS). They were wonderfully bright, creative, and super competent (save for our shared struggle in getting conductive thread through the eye of the needle without using FrayStop). They could easily describe a circuit as a closed loop, grasp the concept of polarity, and describe more or less how batteries function. It was truly a treat to work with them, and in the end it gave me plenty to think about with regards to teaching electronics to kids.

It’s funny how this particular project catches a lot of attention.  I’ve been approach by strangers who’ve seen the Youtube video, been asked to make these for people, had this project mentioned recently in Kate Hartman’s interview on, and now tonight at Toronto’s Digifest, Tom Igoe, (co-founder of Arduino) spoke about the Kegel Organ.

Tom Igoe and the Kegel Organ

Another month passes. Somewhere in the blur of thesis studies and working, the Wearables Open Studio has crept up on me. This Wednesday from 7-10pm, meet me at Interaccess Media Arts Centre for some e-geekery with soft circuits and e-textiles.

InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
9 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2Y8

This summer I spent time working on a pre-thesis project of data materialization and the Northern Lights.  I constructed a wall-mounted loom on which I wove fibre optics and fishing line.  The LEDs were programmed with simulated data of auroral activity over northern Canada.  It was intended to be a real-time data stream, but I ran into some stumbling blocks in extracting the data from U of Alberta’s Dept. of Physics.  This is where I will pick up for the next iteration of this project.  In the mean time, a prototype for something much larger (and consequently, much more expensive):
Sept 12/12 update: If you’re interested to see where this project led me, please see my thesis project, a knit fibre optic canoe.

Wave form


Installation in progress