Elegant and sophisticated wearable technology from cutting edge fashion designers Pankaj and Nidhi. Their glowing geometric dress from the SS12 show at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. More on their website pankajnidhi com.
Art Under the Influence Series with the South End Arts and Business Association
The emerging field of e-textiles is exciting, fun, beautiful and overflowing with opportunities for innovation. E-textiles are articles of clothing, home furnishings, or architecture that include embedded computational and electronic elements (Berzowska 2005). They are also found in smart military uniforms, sportswear that monitors health indicators and portable medical devices. (Wilson 2005)
The 20th Century eTextile Evening Gown by Lynne Bruning
Join us on February 13 to sew and design your own e-textiles project. Use the materials we provide, bring a piece of your clothing or even make a Valentine! This workshop will get you started on your project, show some of the exciting work around e-textiles under development at the MIT Media Lab and get you connected to resources so you can continue work in e-textiles beyond this workshop.
Please join us for the first Vermont Makers Meetup of 2013! We are excited to have three local presenters who are passionate about flexible, printable and paintable circuits. For a preview of this meetup see this recent interview with Molly Smith of WCAX.
New (and Not So New): Techniques and Technologies for Flexible, Printable, even Paintable Circuits
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Time: 7pm. This is a 1.5 – 2 hour event
Suggested donation at door: $5 – $15
Miller Center, Champlain College
175 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington, VT
Michael Metz will share his 35+ years experience working in the world of printable electronics. Topics covered will include: the history of printable electronics, materials used, printing techniques, current applications, revolutionary new technologies and emerging applications.
Chris Thompson will show his recent experiments in producing do-it-yourself printed circuit boards. He will demonstrate his technique using desktop illustration software and a CNC vinyl cutter to produce these flexible, adhesive PC boards from copper foil.
Ken Howell will show some of the ways artists and designers are using conductive materials to build working circuits on flexible substrates. We’ll look at what’s available and try out some materials to build a simple circuit or two at the meetup.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for an E-Origami workshop with SparkFun’s Jeff Branson! Thank you Jeff and SparkFun! We explored a whole new set of tools for both learning and teaching concepts in electronics. In the coming months we hope workshop participants will find opportunities to further explore and share this unique practice that combines the ancient art of origami with emerging technology.
E-origami: The Intersection of Craft and Technology
A workshop with SparkFun’s Jeff Branson
Miller Center Champlain College
175 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington, VT
Monday, January 21, 2013
4pm – 6pm
Fee: $35 This workshop is full! Today Jan 21: If you have already signed up for this workshop and have a question you must ask before the workshop begins, please text your question to 802-238-7768. This workshop if full. Thanks!
By combining the ancient art of origami with emerging technology we can explore a whole new set of tools for both learning and teaching concepts in electronics. In this workshop we’ll explore embedding controllers, building switches, conductive thread, and conductive ink as materials. We’ll also look at the more traditional paper techniques as applied to the creation of more interactive crafts.
Our friends at SparkFun are raising money state-by-state to donate training and Inventors Kits to students. For every $3,000 raised by Vermont for Vermont, a team of highly trained instructors will travel to Vermont (possibly your town) and donate a SparkFun Inventor’s Kit Lab Pack – $1,250 worth of tools and equipment. Here are the details straight from them and a link to the initiative. Funding ends on December 19, 2012. It would be great if we could at least raise $3,000 from Vermont.
“In today’s global climate, education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) initiatives is more important than ever. The goal of the SparkFun National Tour is to promote electronics education across the US – helping our teachers and educators make electronics part of their everyday curriculum. If we reach our $150,000 goal, SparkFun will complete a nationwide tour stopping in all 50 states to teach electronics in a fun, approachable and relevant way.