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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!

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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.

 

I’m graduating OCADU today with a BFA in Integrated Media and Wearable Technology. Convocation today at Roy Thompson Hall. Then what?

This is some days after the fact, but I’d still like to get it out there. The Audience Jacket, created by Ken Leung, Oldouz Moslemian and myself, while working at OCADU’s Social Body Lab, was profiled on Talk2MyShirt wearable tech blog last week. You can read the article here.

Last month, my Stock Market Lingerie was exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It was presented as part of a Wearable Tech Fashion Show that took place at the Fashion Show Mall.


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 Art21.org, 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
Canada

The Kegel Organ was mentioned in this recent interview with Kate Hartman, my Wearable Tech professor at OCADU and the creator of Botanicalls, the Muttering Hat, and the Talk to Yourself Hat (all currently on display at MOMA’s Talk to Me exhibition in NYC).  Here is what she says:

My favorite assignment recently from a more conceptual end is to make an interface for a part of your body that you thought was being ignored and that brought on all sorts of crazy stuff. I had students who made interfaces for their Kegel muscles. They made it so you can play music by activating your Kegel muscles. It was really well done. They did three different iterations. One was just an on/off switch. The muscles were clenched and would turn the switch on or off. Another was a gradient, so it would sense how much the muscles were activating. The third you could actually play ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’. It was wild, but at the same time really interesting. And they wrote a beautiful blog post on women, power and inner strength. They played with all these cultural references. It was great.