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June 28, 2014 / weavingschool

Saving Marriages at TAC Create Conference – Who Knew?

On the last day of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Create 2014 Conference, I taught a workshop on paper circuits. The focus of the conference was STEM/STEAM education and what better way to teach engineering than draw from the classes I took at Shakerag with Leah Buechley last year. The art teachers made cards with lights. On the bus ride to the final conference event, one of the students showed off his card. Turned out that Thursday was his wedding anniversary and he’d made a card for his wife. Goes to show teachers just never know what effects their classes can have.

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Teachers creating paper circuits

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June 20, 2014 / weavingschool

Warps coming off the loom at JCCFS

Teenagers at Little Middle Folk School in Brasstown, NC take advantage of one of the best weaving studios in the US. They’ve learned the traditional methods of weaving. Today we are going to leap forward into the new world of e-textiles. I’m betting they are up to it. After all, President Obama declared June 18 National Day of Making.

Four days of intense work are all worth the results.

Four days of intense work are all worth the results.

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June 18, 2014 / weavingschool

Learning weaving at Little Middle Folk School

After two days of confusion and following directions, the results are all worth it. I’m so proud of the students here at John Campbell Folk School for their hard work and success. More pictures will follow soon on the workshop pageLM1w LM2w

June 13, 2014 / weavingschool

Learning CAD and 3D printing at Shakerag

Today I printed an led diffuser that I drew with SketchUp, but don't ask me how I did it, ask all the people in my class who helped me.

Today I printed an led diffuser that I drew with SketchUp, but don’t ask me how I did it, ask all the people in my class who helped me.

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Here is the diffuser stitched into a felted flower using conductive yarn. Another step in the e-textile puzzle.

June 6, 2014 / weavingschool

Making Light at Day Camp

Light Up SuulpturesThese day camp girls are making sculptures with aluminum foil then creating an electric circuit to light them up with LEDs

May 20, 2014 / weavingschool

Colorful Dancing Ladies of Southern California

Colorful Dancing Ladies of Southern California

Ladies from the Wearable Art Connection learned Nuno Felting with beautiful results.

May 14, 2014 / weavingschool

Center for Creative Arts

Creative as usual, the 6th grade English students at Center for Creative Arts tried their hands at all the fiber processes described in the book Gathering Blue. They wove on a floor loom, tried embroidery, and learned about natural and chemical dyes, and tried on clothing from other cultures. More pictures are on the Classes Page.

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