Lighthouse show in PHX

My friend Sarah Hatton and I have pieces in a show of entirely self-illuminated artworks, called Lighthouse, opening Saturday evening at the Alwun House in downtown Phoenix.

Lighthouse @ the Alwun House

Saturday, November 8, 7pm

1204 E. Roosevelt St.

Phoenix, Arizona

Plush You! at Double Punch in SF

Squid Softie

arduino pwm glow steaks

I have two plushies in the Plush You! show at Double Punch Gallery in San Fransicso opening this evening!

I sent the above squid and one of my steaks, battery powered.

Plush You SF
November 7 – 30
double punch
1821 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Open Heart Brooch

At Maker Faire Austin, Jimmie Rogers gave me one of his Open Hearts to work into a portable brooch. I used a LilyPad Arduino board and sandwiched the two back to back, using two layers of fabric to insulate the circuit boards. I used conductive thread to make the connections, and I dangled the board sandwich from the LilyPad power supply, to which I attached a safety pin for making it a brooch. Because of the way I made it, I have access to the programming pins on the Arduino so I can change the animations any time I want.

I made an instructable about how I put it together. You can also view my flickr set. Thanks Jimmie!

Here’s a video of it in action:

New site

I’m using WPFolio now. It’s great!

Body Technology Interfaces at the PDC

Ski Mask for Eating a Sandwich
Ski Mask for Eating a Sandwich

I’m at the Participatory Design Conference in Bloomington, Indiana for a few days, presenting my participatory art project, Body Technology Interfaces. I knitted a bunch of components (sleeves, rectangles, tubes, etc.) and people can come and make their own BTIs to take home. Here’s the description:

“Our interactions with personal electronic devices provoke a broad range of emotions from frustration to confusion to feverish obsession. Increasingly, these devices dominate our everyday work activities, our behavior in public space, and our personal communications. Becky will conduct interviews to help create custom-knitted coverings for participants’ personal electronic devices. The installation aims to bring critical awareness and consideration to the complex relationship between people and technological artifacts. Each BTI will reflect salient interaction behaviors between the participant and their chosen device, as well as provoke thought in observers.

You’re invited to participate in creating your own Body Technology Interface using the knitted components provided in the installation. After working with Becky on a design and sketch, a kit of parts will be assembled for the execution of your design. You may choose to sit and work on your creation at the table workspace, take your kit with you to assemble during other sessions, or leave it with Becky to assemble and pick it up later. Photos and thoughts will be documented on the project website.”

Stay tuned for pictures of new BTIs created at the conference.

TV-B-Gone Hoodie


Whenever I bring my TV-B-Gone out to restaurants, I always look real suspicious holding it up and pointing it around, so I’ve been looking for a more subtle and dinner-appropriate solution. I got zippered hoodie sweatshirt from the thrift store which had a convenient logo on the upper left front, complete with rhinestones! I thought the IR LEDs would blend in quite nicely, so I stitched it into the sweatshirt. The batteries are in the pocket. I broke out the pushbutton leads and used conductive thread to sew paths to the edge of the zipper, which has a metal pull. I made two little pads with the thread that are bridged by the zipper pull when it passes by, so all I have to do is zip the sweatshirt up or down to activate the TV turning-off action. Works great! I made an instructable for this project so you can see how to make your own. You can also view the full set on Flickr.

You can buy my LED sewing kit (whose parts can be used to make one) or commission your own TV-B-Gone Hoodie from me through my Etsy shop.

Hoodie TV-B-Gone

TV-B-Gone Hoodie Schematic

Felt Knobs

I took basic knobs and felted around them with wool roving (in the washing machine and by hand), then detailed them with embroidery floss. Custom orders welcome!

Felted Knob - "King Kamehameha" Vintage Felted Knob - "King Kamehameha"

King Kamehameha

Felted knob - "The Professor"Felted knob - "The Professor"

The Professor

Felted knob - "Berry Pie"Felted knob - "Berry Pie"
Berry Pie

Felted knob - "Rosebud"Felted knob - "Rosebud"

Rosebud

Felted knob - "Ziggy Starknob"Felted knob - "Ziggy Starknob"

Ziggy Starknob

Felted knob - "Peaches & Cream"Felted knob - "Peaches & Cream"

Peaches and Cream