Darning sensors

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in e-textiles, Sound of Repair
Darning sensors

We made some samples and tests exploring darned sensors. The work is inspired by the Goldsmiths Fashion and Embodiment workshop

Make Shift Do workshop

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Crafting Frequencies, e-textiles
Make Shift Do workshop

I first went to Derby Silk Mill Museum this summer when working as an Online Mentor for the Maked Ed community -see video I made about the visit here. The museum invited me back to run an e-textiles workshop, which was part of the Crafts Council Make Shift Do programme. I ran a “Crafting Frequencies” […]

Next steps

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Goldsmiths
Next steps

It is hard to go into too much detail here how the learning process I went through on this programme has impacted the way I understand things around my, mainly because it has been so huge. But, now that the MA has finished (sob), I am starting to see how massively my way of approaching […]

Hubs and Maps

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in e-textiles, Goldsmiths, Human Breadboards
Hubs and Maps

It happened. I am totally exhausted after working for 4 months on this research project, but also very awake. 12 thousands words later, some tweaking on inDesign and a bit of embroidery later and this book is a thing. The abstract is here: “In this study I explore how design processes can be used to […]

An illustrated guide to embodied learning

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Education, Goldsmiths, Human Breadboards
An illustrated guide to embodied learning

From the review of literature I conducted for my independent research project, here is an illustrated guide to embodied learning: Banking education Central to Paulo Freire’s discourse is his aversion to “banking” education, where learning is a process of transmission, and students are “containers” or “receptacles” to be “filled” with static knowledge by teachers who […]

Knotting~Works

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Goldsmiths, Knotting
Knotting~Works

All the wonderful work I made (as in it was wonderful to make) for materialities is up on this micro-site. Check it out! >>>>>> knotting-works.com

Goldsmiths Design Fest

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Goldsmiths, Knotting
Goldsmiths Design Fest

knotting~works Goldsmiths design festival was part of London Design week (which it turns out is London Design -fortnight- not week, but that is great because it means more cool events!). We (MA students) curated and installed a show for the festival, which was a chance to share the work we have been exploring over the […]

What’s in a knot?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Goldsmiths, Knotting
What’s in a knot?

Oh me oh my….I’m still knotting things! So, ok its not the worst thing to be doing (and clearly I am really enjoying the process). This time I wanted to explore the space that effects knotting. Dave and I had some conversations about this when knotting molecules, and I thought I should make some experiments […]

What are the patches?

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in e-textiles, Goldsmiths, Human Breadboards
What are the patches?

I’ve made a set of patches that can be easily attached to the body, and used as props for learning. In this set I have not included a controller for programming, but that would be the next step. They are not complete in themselves -they are part of a larger set of props that work […]

Using props

Using props

“Propping-up” learning with the patches. I ran another workshop to test another (more developed) iteration of the patches, and used them as props. I also used the deconstructed phone map, and we mapped our interests to make the making relevant. These three elements are given “shape” through the learners’ engagement.

Sewing patches

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in e-textiles, Goldsmiths, Human Breadboards
Sewing patches

Some sewing and making.

Shaping amorphous things

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Goldsmiths, Human Breadboards
Shaping amorphous things

I am making patches and although I want them to be “amorphous” they of course will have a shape because they are things, objects, material. So I am exploring ways of shaping that feels without shape. Squishy in their squishiness. Shaping. Elad Lassry, Pillow (2010)

Making patches

Making patches

I’ve tested some patches for making and designing electronics on the body. My concept of “squishy” now focuses on the amorphous. (I have narrowed the concept down to one thread -otherwise there is just too much to explore!). The amorphous of “squishyness” is without a clearly defined shape. And in this case I would like […]

Making molecular knots

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Goldsmiths, Knotting
Making molecular knots

Dave’s research is all about molecular dynamics -how molecule “wiggle and jiggle” as he often says. When I started the knotting project I really wanted to explore knotting on a molecular level. And Dave and I discussed what this would mean. Dave’s group have just developed a virtual reality (VR) molecular simulation that transports you […]

Mapping sensors

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Education, Goldsmiths, Human Breadboards
Mapping sensors

I am making some props for workshops -ways of introducing concepts of sensing into students’ design process. After interviewing students last week, I’ve decided to make 2 things. 1 is a map of the sensors we have in our bog standard phones. The second are some “human breadboards” which are connectable sensors that you can […]

Thinking through Materialites

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Goldsmiths, Knotting, Materialities
Thinking through Materialites

Working on the Materialities module has been a fascinating process. For the course we were asked to: …consider the historical conditions, contexts of use, “socio-technical” networks of “entanglement” (Hodder, 2012) or “biography” of a “material” of your own choice. It might be a “material” that you have previously worked with as a designer, or simply […]

Tension

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Goldsmiths, Knotting
Tension

Experiments in tensions of knot making: “whether the parts add up to a whole or not, what is missing from the additive logic is the tension and friction that make it possible for persons and things to cling. There is no movement. In the assemblage, it is as though the dancers had turned to stone. […]

Time based knotting

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Goldsmiths, Knotting
Time based knotting

Exploring knot happening over time and in different spaces or contexts. I made a few strands like the above and situated them in various places for 5 days. Outside.   In the studio with my beady hands. In the studio with other folks’ beady hands. In my bag. And here they are all in a […]

Judith Scott

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Goldsmiths, Knotting
Judith Scott

Judith Scott knotted things. She was an artist from the Oakland based Creative Growth Studio, but she also spent a lot of her life instituted (she was Downs, and also deaf). She didn’t start making work until joining the studio, and was deaf and mute all her life. Knots were one of the few conversations […]

Quipu

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Goldsmiths, Knotting
Quipu

Quipu is a process of mnemonic knot making made by Inca cultures. Inca cultures had no written text or money, and through the process of knot-making they recorded things such as transfer of property, or powers. Strings are tied in certain ways using colour, distance, direction, and knot formation as signifiers. The coded system of […]