A compendium of craft masquerading as art, art masquerading as craft, and craft extending its middle finger.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Sew Technological!

As you've probably all guessed, technological craft is dear to my heart. For every crafty punk rocker or artist dipping their toes into the craft world, there's a techno-geek with a heart of gold and a yen for the handmade. So it is with Leah Buechley, a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Colorado. Leah is a part of the Craft Technology Group, which investigates intersections of craft and technology with a pedagogical bent. Her personal projects have included LED tank tops and bracelts with programmable light-up ornaments, math handbags, and an automated wine glass orchestra. She's been taking it to the streets lately, teaching schoolchildren about electronic circuits through sewing. Armed with conductive thread, a fabric switch, and some LED lights Leah, and her collaborators Nwanua Elumeze and Sue Hendrix spread the twin gospels of science and craft in one fell swoop. I'll be bringing you more projects from the group over the next month. In the meantime, do some digging of your own, and get your technological craft on.

LINK thanks, Shane!


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