This is the finished bracelet I started at the Appalachian Center for Craft.
I wove in flashing LEDs on the loom using two different wires in the weft, one coated with paint so I didn’t short out the circuit. There is even a tiny resistor woven in since I didn’t use conductive thread in this e-textile project. I just put a new warp on my loom today, and am ready for MORE.
This is the piece I’m currently working on. It came out of a weaving exchange I’m in. This year our topic was Starry Night. I decided to weave a literal version using pictures of starry nights cut from magazine pages. The sample size for the exchange is 6” x 6” and when those were finished I wove this larger piece using several images. I also wanted to add some electronics to the piece. I’ve been away from electronic textiles for a while and thought a simple wiring piece would be a good refresher and get me back into arduino and lily pad projects. So much more to learn.
I live out in the country where the stars are bright and beautiful. Despite feeling safe out in the middle of nowhere, most of my neighbors use multiple streetlights along with porch and other night defying lights. And I have several other stories of what I’ve dubbed “nature deifiers”. So I added tiny street lights in the shape of the big dipper and the glow from the lights does indeed make it difficult to see some of the star detail.
Last week I was at the Jan Pennington Gray Harp Camp in Chattanooga listening to wonderful harp concerts.
While I was there I was lucky enough to help the wonderful folks on the 4th floor of the Chattanooga Library with their newest tech equipment – a traditional loom. Which is great because their 3D printers are still beyond my abilities, no matter how much I appreciate all they can do.
Now I’m at the Appalachian Center for Craft weaving with fishing line, which luckily for me is non conductive and all I have to do is put wire in the weft and lo and behold there is light! Another link in my electrified fiber art journey. I’ll have to post more later so I don’t miss a minute of today’s class. Our teacher Anastasia Azure is nothing short of genius I might add.
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.
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.