Hello, all! After an exciting evening, I am happy to update with progress on a recently developed project that continues my work from last fall: Techne.
I was recently asked by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History to participate in a one-night event titled Radical Fibers. The event combined multiple theme-led activities that focused on remixing textiles. For my part, I asked participants to weave with me using small laser cut looms and tools. The small woven tapestries each hold a small colored LED. While the woven pieces themselves are only 4.5x4.5 inches, the completed circuit would combine 8 rows of 8 colored LEDs to create a giant tapestry/quilt woven with an imbedded reactive matrix. There were many collaborators of all ages during the free four hour event who contributed to the completion of five circuit squares.
As promised to the many curious and interested parties, I am making my loom model available for download here. This loom is modeled using 3D software Sketchup and arranged for the laser cutter in Adobe Illustrator. I've also updated this model after the fibers event to reflect collaborator suggestions. Of course, you may have to adjust the model for settings on your own laser cutter.
It was an incredible experience working with the community on this extensive project! While I have made no arrangements for any future collaborative experiences or display exhibition, I am excited to continue reaching out to collaborators to complete the total circuit quilt. Thank you to the many contributors who assisted in weaving, asked about the project, and offered insight or helpful suggestions! Additionally, many thanks to the MAH for hosting the event and contributing to the completion of the project! As always, I will continue to update on the future of the circuit quilt as the project develops.