Back from co-facilitating E-Textile and Laser Workshops at Dynamic Landscapes 2015

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Many thanks to Champlain College’s Emergent Media Center (EMC) for significantly helping me facilitate two workshops at this year’s Dynamic Landscapes conference. Specifically, thanks to the EMC’s Tyler Feralio, Ken Howell, and the student lab techs.

And to Jenn Karson for help and inspiration in e-textiles from her tutorial here.

Description of workshops

E-Textile Photos

Laser Cutting Photos

E-Textile Resources

In Workshop:

  1. Jenn’s VT Makers activity & PDF: http://vermontmakers.org/steam-modules/e-textiles/
  2. Take Home Kit: ProtoSnap – LilyPad E-Sewing Kit, with helpful pattern to sew on, no hoop or sensors, not programmable: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11032

 

Photos of Sewing:

Next Steps

  1. Make a switch: https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/ldk-experiment-5-make-your-own-switch
  2. Basic circuit: https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/ldk-experiment-1-lighting-up-a-basic-circuit
  3. Fabric kits on Etsy by Plusea: https://www.etsy.com/people/Plusea
  4. Site for designs: http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/
  5. Adafruit Gemma Starter Pack, programmable, but not sensors. Documentation http://www.adafruit.com/products/1657
  6. Adafruit Gemma Sensor Pack. Nice! rechargeable batt, programmable. Needs hoop, and fabric template, and a printed project book.
  7. ProtoSnap Dev board. Kit, programmable, sensors, no fabric or hoop: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11262
  8. Book, projects, Sparkfun cart of stuff: http://sewelectric.org/
    Book: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12019
    Beginner kit: https://www.sparkfun.com/wish_lists/74576

Brattleboro Area Makers (BAM) visits SurfaceGrooves.com and their 150 Watt Laser Cutter

General, Travel Reports

Our monthly meeting of Brattleboro Area Makers visited new Gilford Vermont makers, Elissa and Ryan, owners of SurfaceGrooves.com. Elissa and Ryan were kind enough to walk us through a quick laser cutter tutorial. They also showed us some of their excellent work. Impressive, educational and we got a “BAM” logo cut out of some scrap!

Brattleboro Area Makers gets a laser cut

Brattleboro Area Makers gets a laser cut

Brattleboro Area Makers gets a laser cut
Brattleboro Area Makers gets a laser cut

Brattleboro Area Makers gets a laser cut

Brattleboro Area Makers gets a laser cut