This week I am teaching a class at the Weavers Guild of MN called “Amplify your Art”. It started as a question: “Could you teach a class about soft circuits?” My answer to that was “No, not really. But what I can do…”
Part demonstration, part inspiration. This session will give you dozens of ideas for how to incorporate technology into your fiber art projects. We’ll cover a range of techno-possibilities, from electronic components like LED’s and conductive threads; to digital, 3-D printing and laser cutting; to chemistry with thermochromic and phosphorescent paints. Becka will show samples, provide sources, and do short demos to show how you can incorporate technology of all kinds into your weaving, spinning, and sewing projects. Thursday, June 11: 6:00-9:00 P.M.
I’m not really an expert in soft circuits. I have built a couple. I get the gist of it. But I decided to take the incorporating technology theme of the class and run with it. Because that I do know a lot about.
George (up there in the video) is made with a little traditional wiring (in the box) and some felt beads and conductive thread. He’s really friendly, but a little shy. If you hold hands with him, his nose lights up. We will talk about how he is made. I have also made three really fun examples with thermochromic pigment. That means it changes color when you change the temperature. I have an embroidered elephant embellished with LEDs. I also have some UV reactive yarn. We are going to make some sticker circuits in class. That’s right a little hands-on fun! We will watch some videos of other artists doing cool stuff. We will talk about 3-d printing and laser cutting and digital fabric printing and what works and what doesn’t and where to get it. It will be 3 hours of discussing, exploring and getting inspired.
There are still spaces available if you want to join us. You can register online or call the guild. If you are interested and can’t make it to class, I have collected a whole bunch of articles about how fiber artists are using all kinds of technology in their art. I will post those here after class so you can join in the reading if you are interested.
Do you have any really great examples of technology intersecting with fiber art? Share in the comments and I will add them to my resource list.