Spring 2005-present. A collaborative project with Nwanua Elumeze and Sue Hendrix. We are designing a construction kit and acompanying activities that will allow kids to learn about circuits through sewing.
Each kit contains a patch of fabric, a fabric switch, LEDs, a needle, conductive thread, and a battery. Participants in our workshops design images that incorporate the lights and switch, draw their designs with fabric markers and then sew the LEDs and switch to their patches, creating a simple circuit. The crafting activity can include working with materials like beads, felt and ribbons, and the kit can also be used to decorate personal artifacts like clothes, caps and bags.
We have held several workshops in Colorado and in Europe. We are currently working with schools in the Boulder area to organize events for local kids and young adults. Check out my news page for more information about our workshops.
Click here for instructions on how to make your own electronic sewing kit.
Also, Nwanua Elumeze and I are selling the kits. Click here to get one of your own!