I shot the pictures by setting a custom white balance with the color card, so the color is consistent. Next time, I'll have to use manual exposure/shutter speed to insure consistent brightness, as well.
The name of the yarn is under each photo set.
Since April, I've been in residence at UIC/Mana Contemporary, as a Public Engagement Maker.
They've provided me with a fantastic studio to work in, access to the Makerspace on UIC's campus, plus the great privilege of working with UIC New Media Professor Sabrina Raaf.
On May 2, UIC featured me at their booth at the Northside Mini Maker Faire at Shurz H.S., where I demonstrated the knitting machine and showed my work (pictured above). And I'm currently working on plans for a special free series of the Women's Electronics Workshop at Mana.
Additionally, my application for eTextile Summer Camp was accepted, and I'll be flying to France in July for this amazing week-long event, held 250km outside of Paris in the Loir Valley. I'm particularly excited about participating in the Swatch Exchange, and look forward to bringing home a large collection of e-textile samples to share.
My "Knit A Working Speaker" just won second prize in the Instructables DIY Audio Contest!
My friend Marta recently captured this photo of University of Chicago grad students playing with my sculpture, Mechanical Tide, in the lobby of the James Franck Institute. It's been on display there for 7 years now.
Extraordinary Effort, Spectacular Failure opened last Friday, March 6, a group show from the Hatch artist incubator program at Chicago Artists Coalition.
I have a new piece in it, a column of knitted Kevlar and circuits, suspended on an embroidery hoop from the gallery's 14' ceiling. In order to protect the delicate circuitry, I soldered the piece onsite. Ultimately, it turned out better than I could have hoped, and really pops at night.
I feel like this is a sketch for a larger work so I don't quite have a title for it. I'll likely develop the project further as part of my upcoming Public Engagement Maker Residency at UIC/Mana Contemporary.If we missed you at the opening, join us for the closing event, Thursday March 26.
***New City reviewed and recommended the show here.
I like programming my ATTinys with the Tiny Programmer. (How can you not love a tool the size of a stick of gum?) But I couldn't find info for mapping the pin connections for the ATTiny84. So I did a little research. Here are the connections:
ATTiny84 ---> Tiny Programmer
- 1 ---> +
- 14 ---> -- (minus sign)
- 4 ---> (unlabeled)
- 7 ---> 0
- 8 ---> 1
- 9 ---> 2
Work in progress for the Extraordinary Effort, Spectacular Failure show at Chicago Artists Coalition, March 6.
Knitted wire, with solder
Felted wool circuit board