Syuzi's Blog – January 2010 Archive (16)

Psst...New Section—Call for Artists

Wearable Technology Call for Participation

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to point to a new section — Call for Artists — that I added over this past weekend. The section will contain calls for participation to conferences, festivals and art events/ Wearable technology is under-represented at these events and I would love to see more of your work shown publicly.

Plus it's a great… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 24, 2010 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Call for Makers

Maker Faire

I've been to every Bay Area Maker Faire in the past few years both as a "maker" and, last year, as a mere pedestrian. I can tell you whether or not you participate in the faire or run around all day looking at the amazing things your fellow makers have made, it's exhilarating. Also overwhelming — but overwhelming in that rare yet thrilling way where your mind is hyperactive and ricocheting with ideas. You always leave feeling that you, along with your… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 22, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Guest Blogger: Angela Sheehan

Angela Sheehan

Hello Everyone,

I'm thrilled to welcome Fashioning Technology's FIRST guest blogger Angela Sheehan.

She is fortunate enough to be attending the TEI Conference which begins next week on Jan 25 and will be covering the conference for all of us who can not participate.

Angela is an avid maker, crafter, and… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 21, 2010 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Lit In Between the Folds

Simple and lovely coat embedded with LEDs by Wendy Legro. I love the simplicity of using folds and tucks in the fabric to create illuminated spaces in the coat design.

Added by Syuzi on January 20, 2010 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

Sprayable, Instant Textile

Fabrikan from roma on Vimeo.

I've seen plenty of stills of Fabrican, the sprayable instant textile, for years now. The technology was patented nearly a decade ago and yet hasn't found its place in the market. When it first emerged, it caught the imagination of many a designer interested in… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 20, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Illuminated Blades of Grass

Translucent strands of fiber optics and conductive fibers are integrated with blades of grass to create an illuminated, interactive landscape.

I can imagine walking across a field of grass early in the morning and having trails of light pool around me with each step.

There is certainly something magical in the interactive sod concept created by Frits Stam.

Personally,… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 19, 2010 at 9:05am — No Comments

Transformative Fashion Accessories Provide Shelter and Intimacy


Building on yesterday's post for a momentary escape from a public environment, Veasyble is a set of wearable accessories that screen the eyes, ears, face and upper body, providing a space for intimacy.

A bag unfolds cocooning the entire body; a decorative collar transforms into a sound-muting hood; a flamboyant hairpiece twists to screen the eyes; and a cap unfurls to shield the… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 15, 2010 at 10:49am — No Comments

Hermit: An Interactive Kinetic Shelter

 Interactive Kinetic Shelter

Kerry Jia Yi Lin with her experimental project "hermit" blurs the space between the public and private by offering individuals a personal refuge in a communal environment.

Designed specifically for use at a public table, Hermit is a kinetic shell that provides the user temporary privacy and the ability to nap.

The shell's design, constructed from felt, is inspired from… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 14, 2010 at 11:32am — No Comments

Microblogging Sneakers Tweet Every Step You Take

Microblogging Sneaker

We've had plants that tweet ; unborn babies that tweet ; and even our power consumption can be tweeted.

Rambler, developed by Ricardo Nascimento and Tiago Martins, is the latest object that has… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 12, 2010 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Mathematical Fashion: Squaring the Square


Mathematics and fashion aren't necessarily strange bedfellows. The craft of pattern making and transforming 2D flats into three-dimenionsal garments does require an understanding of basic arithmetics.

LISA SHAHNO's latest collection "SQUARING THE SQUARE" takes mathematical principles and uses them as pure, unadulterated inspiration.

The entire collection is created from… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 12, 2010 at 10:01am — No Comments

Fashion & Gaming — The Fibonacci Purse

The Fibonacci Purse

Considering my 2010 predictions were centered around networked wearables, I would like to introduce you to the Fibonacci Purse, developed by ITP student Elizabeth Fuller.

The Fibonacci Purse is an interesting example of melding wearables and gaming that goes beyond the typical use of wearables as novel game controls. The bag itself functions as a physical display for the… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 11, 2010 at 10:40am — No Comments

Soft Circuit Finger Puppet Battles

Icha-Icha! Thumb Wrestling from jarashi on Vimeo.

To end this week, I'm happy to feature a quirky and playful prototype of a pair of finger wrestling puppets, Icha-Icha!

The puppets make sounds and use vibration as a form of haptic feedback to make the battle more exciting. An LED in the puppets face changes its level of brightness accordingly… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 8, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Furry Phones and Wooly Electronic Devices

Furry Phones

Magnhild Disington is a mixed media artist whose work focuses on material experimentation and developing materials for visual trend analysis.

Her MA project Deviated Evolution focused on the relationship between individuals and their portable electronics. Through materials… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 7, 2010 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

Transformative Fashion — One Outfit, Multiple Looks

Transformative Fashion

The transition from one look to another may be as simple as the snap of a button. "Jurk" is an innovative collection of transformative fashion created by eefiene as research on different ways to connect a garment. A set of custom holes and pins were designed to easily shift the silhouette of the gown.…

Transformative Fashion


Added by Syuzi on January 5, 2010 at 1:42pm — 1 Comment

Interactive Sonic Capes

Interactive Sonic Capes

Developed by Ricardo Nascimento and Jader Scalzaretto, “parangonet 1.0: sonic dimension” is a pair of interactive sonic capes that create and trigger sound loops in the environment. Each garment is able to trigger and modify a different sound input, creating a collaborative sonic atmosphere when performed together.

The piece is inspired by “Parangolé” from the… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 5, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Wearable Technology in 2010

Wearable Technology in 2010

Happy New Year everyone! I am very excited about this year and have a lot of projects in the works that I will reveal in the upcoming weeks. This year is certainly going to be busy and productive.

A sneak peek at what's coming:

— A new and thorough Learning section chockfull of e-textile, sewing, computing and soft circuit tutorials

— A new updated Resources section

— An… Continue

Added by Syuzi on January 4, 2010 at 10:55am — No Comments

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