Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Monday, December 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM (EST)
Welcome to the 21st Century -- an age where electronics are no longer relegated to the insides of boxes. In this exciting hands-on class, you will develop and execute a project that incorporates electronics into fabric!
Over three weeks you will be exposed to a variety of methods used to embed electronics into soft materials. A focus will be placed on durability and aesthetics, as well as basic electronic theory. You can electrify clothes, hangings, costume pieces, and more! Effects can be anything from something that lights up in an interesting pattern, to something that responds to environmental or interactive input.
The three main disciplines covered in this class will be: sewing and working with conductive threads and fabrics, building electronic circuits, and programming microcontrollers.
You will leave this class with a piece of soft circuitry you have designed and built yourself! This is a project-based course, so the exact direction will be dictated by student interests. Depending on the project you develop, you will gain experience with: sewing machines, soldering irons, surface mount soldering, and programming sewable microcontrollers. The instructor will help you tailor your project design to your skill level and available time.
Some experience required in at least one of the following: sewing or embroidery, working with conductive threads and fabrics, building electronic circuits, or programming microcontrollers. Students must be at least 18 years of age.
Electronic and conductive materials (Lilypad arduinos, sensors, and LEDs) will be available for purchase from the instructor. Electronic project materials might cost anywhere from $30-$100, depending on the project design. Students are responsible for bringing the fabrics/soft materials they plan on using for their project.
Jimmie Rodgers has been working with conductive threads and fabrics since 2007. His most popular wearable project is the Open Heart kit, which is an LED matrix in the shape of a heart which is designed to be sewn into projects. Recently he helped create the beating heart headband published in Make #29: http://makeprojects.com/Project/Beating-Heart-Headband/1622/1#
Session 1: Monday, November 25, 7PM - 10PM
Session 1: Monday, December 2, 7PM - 10PM
Session 1: Monday, December 9, 7PM - 10PM
Session 1: Monday, December 16, 7PM - 10PM
REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.
CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.