Tuesday, January 26, 2010

E-Textiles: Moving Beyond the Screen

Join us in the lobby for a fun, hands-on workshop, run by Kylie Peppler at the Indiana Celebration of Women in Computing (WIC), Friday Feb 5th. Everyone will create their own e-textile by merging sewing, crafts, and electronics to create a wearable circuit.

Participants are asked to bring their own artifact to be enriched with wearable circuits to the workshop. A shirt, jacket, hat, or any other fabricated object that can be sewn is suitable and will make your experience more meaningful. All other materials will be provided.

Artifacts like colorful interactive dresses and programmable paper sketchbooks confound our assumptions about the look and feel of technology. When we put technology in unusual material and cultural contexts like these, it becomes appealing to new and diverse groups of people. In this workshop, we examine aspects of computation and design that dovetail with hands-on crafts, physical construction and design, and material play. As today's notions of "electronic media" are expanding beyond the screen, we need to consider how engagement with digital media can encompass electronic textiles, "smart" or controllable materials, fabricated artifacts, and computationally-enriched physical objects.

See entire article at: http://www.cs.indiana.edu/inwic/fun.html

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