Opensource Embroidery

The movement brings together knitters, embroiderers and quilters who see parallels between the way they create their crafts and how open source software creators share their ideas. At the BildMuseet at Umeå University in Sweden, an exhibition — also called Open Source Embroidery — showcases artworks that use embroidery and code as a tool for participatory production and distribution.

Read more here:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/06/gallery_embroidery/

http://www.open-source-embroidery.org.uk/osexhibition.htm

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LilyPad Embroidery

The flower head at the center is called a LilyPad Arduino. It is a microcontroller board designed for wearables and e-textiles that can be sewn to fabric and similarly mounted power supplies, sensors and actuators with conductive thread. Working with the LilyPad Arduino Rebecca Stern composed this circuit to see what she could do. The embroidery uses traditional floss and techniques mixed with lights and sounds generated by the onboard software. The amount of light sensed by the sensor changes the speed and pitch of the lights and sounds generated, with more light increasing the overall pace.

http://sternlab.org/?project=LilypadEmbroidery

Check out the rest of Becky Stern’s projects here. Well worth a look.

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