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Drawing Conclusions

Muscle Wire Class on February 27th, 2013

Hey everyone! I’m going to be teaching another muscle wire class at Site3 on February 27th, 2013. Here’s a short description of the class:

Muscle wire is a shape memory alloy. When a current is applied to it, it will contract and bend into a pre-defined shape. Students will learn how to use Flexinol (a type of muscle wire) with their Arduino projects to create movement. Muscle wire is especially useful for those interested in creating movement in their wearable projects, as it is lightweight. In this class, you will learn how to shape Flexinol wire, the best ways to implement Flexinol into a project, and how to use it in combination with an Arduino.

If you don’t have much experience with Arduino, it’s okay. I can go over the basics with you, and I provide a sketch for the program that will control the muscle wire. You’ll need to bring a laptop along with you.

The class costs $50.00 if you already own an Arduino, or $80.00 if I need to get one for you. The class runs from 7-10pm. You can register at the following link: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4719595437

Atomic Lollipop 2012 Programming

Note for July 11th: Times have been updated, now that the official schedule is out.

At Atomic Lollipop this year, I’m going to be presenting a panel and teaching a workshop on electronic textiles!

The panel runs from 3-4pm on Saturday (July 14th).

Almost a Cyborg: Intro to Electronic Clothing (Spartan)

 Ever wondered what it’s like to wear clothing with a mind of it’s own? High-tech clothing isn’t just a part of the sci-fi genre anymore. Learn about the history and future of electronic textiles from Marisa Ranalli.

 

The workshop runs from 11am-12pm on Sunday (July 15th).

11:00am Electro-Clothing: Wearable Electronics Workshop (Niagara)

Interested in creating high-tech, interactive clothing? Marisa Ranalli shows you how to embed lights, sound, and other electronic components into your outfits.

General admission is currently $45.00, you can find more information about tickets from this page.

 

 

Atomic Lollipop 2012

I’m going to be selling my work at Atomic Lollipop again this year! I’m moving from the Artist Alley to the vendor room this year, so I have a bit more space to set up my stuff, and so I’m a bit less out of the way than last year.

Marketplace hours are from 10am-8pm Saturday, and 10am-6pm Sunday.

Here’s a short description for this year’s event:

 Atomic lollipop is a combined convention, music festival, and art experience. With a focus on Japanese youth culture and unique social experiences, the 2-day event offers a multitude of programming and attractions. From hands-on workshops to crazy outdoor activities and an epic all-night party, Atomic Lollipop is a unique convention experience designed for people who love to socialize, create, and play.

Atomic Lollipop is located at 801 Dixon Road, at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre in Toronto, ON. Tickets are currently $45.00.

You can find out more information from the Atomic Lollipop website.

I’m also most likely going to be teaching an Intro to Electronic Textiles workshop, hopefully I will have more information about that shortly.

Muscle Wire Sample

Just thought I’d post up a small video of something that I’m working on. This is muscle wire embedded into knit wool.

And as a reminder, I’m teaching a class on how to use muscle wire on June 28th at Site 3. The deadline for registration is June 22nd! You can get more details at this link.

Muscle Wire Class on June 28th

 

I’m going to be teaching a class about how to use muscle wire (specifically, Flexinol) on Thursday, June 28th (7-10pm) at Site3 in Toronto. Above is a video of Under The Surface, one of my pieces that contains muscle wire. Here’s a brief description:

Muscle wire is a shape memory alloy. When a current is applied to it, it will contract and bend into a pre-defined shape. Students will learn how to use Flexinol (a type of muscle wire) with their Arduino projects to create movement. Muscle wire is especially useful for those interested in creating movement in their wearable projects, as it is lightweight. In this class, you will learn how to shape Flexinol wire, the best ways to implement Flexinol into a project, and how to use it in combination with an Arduino.

The class is $50 if you already own an Arduino board, or $80 if you need one. I’m very excited to teach people how to use muscle wire!

You can register for the class at the following link: http://flexinol1site3-eorg.eventbrite.com/

Associate Artist-in-Residence at Site3


I officially start my associate residency at Site3 today. I’m hoping to actually update this blog with images of things that I am working on! I’m going to be experimenting with new methods of constructing soft circuits. Site3 has some really awesome equipment, and I can’t wait to use it.

I’ll be posting some more news later this month. It’s going to be a busy summer.

Toronto Wearables Meetup 12

I was invited back to the Toronto Wearables Meetup this month to show one of my pieces. Following the artist talks, a few people (including me) who have spoken about their works during past meetups will be showing their work. CBC is going to be filming the event, because they’re going to be doing a segment on the Toronto Wearables community.

The Meetup is at OCAD University’s Social Body Lab (205 Richmond Street West, Room 7514, 5th floor) on Wednesday, February 8th from 7pm-9pm.

You can find out more about the main speakers and the event at this link. Click here to register for the event.

Links:
Eventbrite
Toronto Wearables
Toronto Wearables Mailing List

Toronto Wearables 11 Follow-Up

I had an awesome time speaking at the Toronto Wearables Meeupup on January 11th! I just got some photos from my talk, so I thought I would post them up.

Erin Lewis also wrote a great summary of what I talked about in my speech. You can see it at this link.

The photos in this post were also taken by Erin Lewis.

CBC Radio’s Metro Morning

I am going to be speaking about electronic textiles and my work on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning show tomorrow morning (January 11th) at 7:20am EST.

You can also stream CBC Radio 1 from their website: http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/

 

Toronto Wearables Meetup 11

I will be speaking about my work at the Toronto Wearables Meetup at OCAD on January 11th, 2012. It starts at 7pm at the Social Body Lab (205 Richmond St W., 6th Floor, Room 7602).

Update as of January 11th: The talk has been moved to room 7514, on the 5th floor.

Some information about the Toronto Wearables meetup:

The Toronto Wearables Meetup is a gathering of people interested in wearable technology, fashion, wearable electronics, soft circuits, electronic textiles, emerging materials, and other creative and innovative approaches to things that live on the body.  This Meetup is a gathering artists, fashion designers, industrial designers, textile enthusiasts, engineers, researchers, students, and anyone interested in these emerging and intersecting fields.

You can register for the talk on EventBrite.

Here is a link to the blog post on the official Toronto Wearables website.