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.

 

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

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 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.

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.

Next weekend I’ll be giving a workshop on Wearable Tech and the Lilypad Arduino, at ‘Con-G‘, Guelph’s Anime and Geek Culture Conference. 1000 nerds under a roof… sounds alright to me!

Stock Market Lingerie gets featured on Discovery.com’s list of top tech gadgets to get your lover for Valentine’s Day!

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.


sheep

This Wednesday January 25, Erin Lewis and Rachel Lane will turn conductive wool from the electric sheep shown above into conductive felt that you can make stuff out of! There is an 8 dollar materials fee if you want to make some felt, because this stuff doesn’t grow on trees.  It grows on giant electric sheep. And they bite, and kick and stuff.  No need to RSVP, or sign up or anything. Just show up. And it’s still open studio, so if you’re scared of the sheep, or just want to do some Arduino type thing, that’s cool too.

7- 10 pm in the studio.

9 Ossington Avenue

 

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