Thinking Through Making: Introduction to E-Textiles: Make a Sensory Object


Thinking Through Making: Introduction to E-Textiles: Make a Sensory Object

Saturday, June 12, 2021 12.00 – 19.00 (GMT+3)

Live video conference event

The event is free of charge and held in English.

Simultaneous translation is provided.

Attendance is limited to 15 participants.

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“Crafting Technology for Textiles”- a collaborative project between Istanbul Modern and the Royal College of Art (RCA), London

How can we make soft objects which we can use for relaxation, stimulation or play, that are personal to use whilst also being designed and made by us?

Artist and researcher Emilie Giles invites participants to a day-long workshop to explore how electronics can be embedded into textiles to create a sensory-based object. The workshop offers the chance to learn how to sew a circuit using conductive thread, to embed components into a circuit, and also how to control these using a microcontroller. At the end of the workshop, the participants will have designed and built an interactive object as well as utilizing a host of crafting techniques in order to do so.

Emilie Giles - Artist, Researcher, Educator

Emilie Giles is a researcher, artist and educator, and her work spans creative technology, crafting, and pervasive gaming. She is a Ph.D. student at The Open University exploring how e-textiles can be used as interactive tools for blind and visually impaired people, using participatory design approaches More...

Giles has much experience in teaching people how to build their own creative technology projects, having been Co-director and Head of Outreach and Participation at Codasign for over three years, and has taught physical computing with e-textiles to students at University of Westminster, London College of Communication and The Royal College of Art as well as to members of the public in museums such as the V&A and Tate Britain.

A collaborative project between Istanbul Modern and the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, “Crafting Technology for Textiles” has been funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council and Newton Fund.