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The Porcupine Vest is a wearable, spikey body-extension that allows you to take up more space. You can use it to expand your footprint and sometimes your personal expression. Check out the Instructable here: www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Porcupine-Vest/
This July I’ll be back in Copenhagen teaching a 1-week Social Wearables class at CIID. Here’s the info:
Last year this workshop was amazingly fun. CIID is a fantastic environment with a great workshop and an amazingly diverse group of students from around the world. For more info on how to sign up, check it out here: http://ciid.dk/education/summer-school/ciid-summer-school-2016/workshops/social-wearables/
Pinky Linkers are physical devices that allow two people who might not know each other very well to experience a physical bond. They are customized to reflect both the size of each individual’s pinky as well as how close each person feels to the other. Check out the Instructable here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Pinky-Linkers/
This version of the Pinky Linkers was prototyped and tested with the Pier 9 Artist-in-Residence cohort in March 2016. Thanks to all the AIRs and Pier 9 staff that contributed data and played the linking game!
ITP Camp is featured in a lovely 6-page spread in the Spring 2016 NYU Alumni Magazine. Check it out here, pages 36-41.
I’m getting settled in at the amazing residency at Autodesk’s Pier 9. This past week we were assigned a mini-group project to help us get warmed up and to get to know each other. I worked with Johan Da Silveira, Jonah Ross-Mars, and Purin Phanichphant to create a Bicycle-Mounted Banana Suspender.
You can check out the Instructable here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Bicycle-Mounted-Banana-Suspender
Last weekend I returned to Brooklyn Shoespace for a 5-hour class on making leather slippers. The bootmaking I did last month was amazing but extremely time-consuming. Now that I’m moving on to thinking about iterative design and how to quickly build some electronics into footwear I thought it might be good to learn how to make something a bit simpler. Slippers turned out to be a great fit. Here’s what we made:
The process is fairly straightforward. These are the main steps:
Physical media lives on!
I just received “Electtronica Wearable: Disegna, prototipa e indossa i tuoi vestiti e accessori interattivi” from Amazon.it. It is the Italian translation of my book “Make: Wearable Electronics”. Besides being in Italian, this version also includes a new preface from the lovely Zoe Romano who I got to meet this summer at E-Textile Camp.
I also finally crossed paths with my copy of the “Eyeo 2011-2015” book. It’s quite beautiful. I’m really honored to be included amongst such inspiring and prolific colleagues!
I’ve been on a bit of a workshop binge this Fall. Back in October I took “Leather Working 101” at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn. It was a great opportunity flush out my basic knowledge of leather tools and techniques. I’ve picked up bits and pieces from the leatherwork we’ve been doing at Social Body Lab, but this helped to give me a more solid foundation.
A few weeks ago weeks ago I attended a Saturday afternoon workshop on “Natural Dyeing & Foraging” at Manufacture New York. Part of the reason I wanted to go is to get a sneak peak at the Manufacture NY space, but I’ve also been thinking some about dyeing my own materials. Our instructor was Liz Spencer who focuses on ethical dyeing practices. The workshop focused on dyeing with plants found within the nearby region: black walnut, Hopi purple sunflower seeds, coreopsis, and pokeberries.
Besides straight up dyeing we also got to try bundle, resist, and shibori dyeing techniques. Good food for thought for future projects.
Today the boots became boots! The morning started with buffing the parts we dyed last night to make them nice and shiny. Then it was a lot of sanding, gluing, and assembly. It’s amazing how much work it takes to get the shape of the heel to perfectly match the shape of the sole. Once all the pieces were put together it was time to take it off the last – the moment of truth!
The fantastic news is that these boots actually fit. They’re a little tough to get on without a shoe horn and my heels slide up a bit when I walk, but overall they came out way better than I ever expected. It has gotten me excited about learning how to make other kinds of shoes!