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Coded Cloth - reSkin Wearable Technology Lab

reSkin Wearable Technology Lab & Coded Cloth was a lab + exhibition showing wearable technology projects in 2007/8. It was curated by Melinda Rackham.

http://www.anat.org.au/reskin

http://www.subtle.net/pdf/MRLEON.pdf (PDF) describes the background of the events and has examples of the work.

"In summer 2007, in order to facilitate such interdisciplinary experimentation in Australia,
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) initiated the reSkin Wearable Technol-
ogy Lab in collaboration with Craft Australia and the Australian National University School of
Art. Twenty-one media and sound artists; programmers; jewelers; and object, textile and fash-
ion designers immersed themselves into an intensive three-week research and development
environment with six facilitators ."

Stitching off the Page (fancy edgings) class

last saturday (31st jan) I went along to Alex Falkiner's "Stitching off the Page (fancy edgings)" class in marrickville. it was a lovely afternoon learning new stitches and techniques for the edges of fabric. I really wanted to learn her "netting" stitch and just block out a few hours to spend stitching. great to speak to others too

some photos of the "in progress" parts of the stitches for future reference. I felt I was having a bad day stitching - extra slow and making lots of mistakes (which given my state that week after the recent surgery/recovery wasn't too surprising), but I'll try these again when feeling better.

the netting stitch is like blanket stitch but you stitch into the air / where the loops join instead of into the fabric

life drawing class 27-01-2015

we went to life drawing class at 107 projects tonight. Syd Mead said that if you can draw people, you can pretty much draw anything (paraphrasing), so I'd like to practice more. I'm happy with a couple of these. I was trying rough outline of shapes and concentrating on shading the shadows. one lady asked about the other colours so I showed her the pastels. J's lines are amazing - I need to practice looser lines, and seeing & drawing volumes. and find my line at all. these are 5mins, 10mins, 15min poses - I'd arrived late so missed the 1-2 min poses. my proportions are out most of the time so this needs improvement. the model walked around later and looked at everyone's drawings. he said he thought my last one of him "everything is expanding", so hopefully that's a good thing?

adding them all here, so if I keep going throughout the year, I can look back and (hopefully) see improvements, and my line. these are charcoal (vine + thicker), white charcoal/pastel and coloured conte crayons

Introduction to eTextiles talk

Join Codasign Director Emilie Giles for a talk around eTextiles and wearables, introducing you to the world of conductive threads, fabrics and yarns as well as projects within which these materials feature.

From knitted radios to bio-feedback garments, the talk will focus on the current field and its future, with case studies of brilliant work. There will be some small swatches of examples for you to look at and interact with as well as materials for you to examine and play with.

After the talk there will be the opportunity to ask questions and network.

 

MakersCAFE
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (GMT)
London, United Kingdom

 

About Codasign:

At Codasign we believe that digital technologies have the same creative potential as paint and canvas. Our workshops enable people with great ideas to use computers to express themselves and bring these ideas to life. We welcome people who want to make a noise, create something beautiful, or just learn a new skill.

Whether teaching children or adults, we love working with open source tools like Processing, Arduino, Scratch and MaKey MaKey.

via Introduction to eTextiles- Eventbrite.

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FANTASTIC FIBERS 2015 - calls for entries

CALL FOR ENTRIES

http://fantasticfibers.theyeiser.org

Submission Deadline: February 21, 2015

The Yeiser Art Center is now accepting entries for the FANTASTIC FIBERS 2015 international juried exhibition.

One of Yeiser Art Center's most engaging, innovative & colorful international exhibits, Fantastic Fibers is an inspirational "must see" for quilters and textile art enthusiasts across the globe.

In November 2013, Paducah was bestowed the honor of being designated a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network in the area of Crafts & Folk Art. Paducah's international connections in the area of quilting and fiber arts and Yeiser's long standing commitment to Fantastic Fibers attributed to this esteemed title. We thank all our participants over the years, both home and abroad, for helping make Paducah "distinctively creative."

Jurors: The 2015 Fantastic Fibers jurors are Marcia Young, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Fiber Art Now magazine, and Laverne Zabielski, renowned Kentucky fiber artist, creator of Truly Wearable art and noted author.

History: The show began in 1987 as a wearable art show but has evolved over the years to include a compelling mix of traditional and non-traditional works created from natural or synthetic fibers.

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solace - sunlight falls, my wings open wide

"Solace" project: India Flint is doing a residency in South Australia in June this year, and has invited people to make flags to hang.

"Make a triangular flag or pennon [meaning a personal ensign, derived from the Latin penna meaning a wing or a feather] preferably using a piece of pre-loved cloth. Stitch on it a word or a phrase or a sentence that might act as a wish for peace or an acknowledgement of beauty, imply a sense of stillness or simply something that gives you solace. It can be as brief or as long as you like. A haiku, a snatch of song, a word that takes you where you want to be. Attach ties to the tethering end of your flag"

& then post it to the address on the page. she'll dye them, and photos will go into a book/online.

http://prophet-of-bloom.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/an-invitation.html has the details.

I made one tonight using a song snippet:

"sunlight falls, my wings open wide" from orpheus by david sylvian, on the secrets of the beehive album, because it always gives me solace when i play it.
japanese cotton with wool thread

 

some others in the Sketchbooks and Experiments for Textiles facebook group are going to make one too

Tilda Swinton's performance of "Cloakroom"

Tilda Swinton's performance of "Cloakroom"

via http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/23250/1/tilda-swinton-the-art-of-the-everyday

extracts from the article by — emphasis added by me for the key points relating to my research:

It’s not every day you line up at a cloakroom and hand over your ticket to Tilda Swinton, who hurries back towards the rails to fetch your stuff and delicately presents it to you. But that was what happened at Swinton and fashion historian Olivier Saillard’s Cloakroom performance in Florence this week, where the audience were invited to leave things throughout the play, which Tilda then contemplated and interacted with, from her licking a jacket to throwing herself full force on top of a coat and burying her face in a hood, in a gesture of bringing out the poetry in ‘ordinary’ clothes.

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exploring ideas and what-if questions

on haptic human website, I'll be exploring the human touch in handmade objects, using the idea (feeling? what-if question?) that there's a transfer of atoms when objects are made, and when they are hand-made I think the *human* atoms get blended (even in a slight way) with the object's atoms, and it makes us relate to them more - we 'feel' the humanity, or the soul perhaps (our common atoms/frequencies). this will allow me to research across different topics and disciplines, and to apply "what-if" questions to try answer and explore.

this idea is based on my reply to a discussion on haptics on my textiles class forum, and some earlier thoughts about analog audio vs digital audio recordings (see below & attached)

note that there'll mostly be rough notes/stream of consciousness ideas here for a bit of fun, so nothing really to see here - move along

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Dionne Swift | Contemporary Textile Artist and Tutor

Dionne Swift | Contemporary Textile Artist and Tutor

Dionne Swift's R&A Collaborations video is called "Establishing a Rhythm" and in it she discusses the relationship between walking through the countryside, mark making in her drawings and stitching her artwork using machine embroidery. She speaks about the shared rhythm between these three parts of the process.

direct video link is http://vimeo.com/116270312

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Knit the National – Bollard Creations Competition | National Folk Festival | Every Easter in Canberra

Knit the National – Bollard Creations Competition | National Folk Festival | Every Easter in Canberra

Knit the National is a new project to decorate the National Folk Festival Site in 2015. Part of this initiative was the successful CD weaving project at Floriade earlier this year. They have decided to take it up a notch with the Bollard Creations Competition.

the website has more info on the competition including the Bollard dimensions

via http://folkfestival.org.au/knit-the-national-bollard-creations-competition

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PDF2 Starting your first page

in this exercise we were to take photos of shapes, colours we liked near home and then make drawings of them. click on the photos below to see larger versions of them

Koalas sew need you this summer | IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare

Koalas sew need you this summer | IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare

Currently it's fire season in Australia and the koalas have been victims of the fires in South Australia and Victoria. There's still risk of more fires to come (hopefully not!) as summer is still in full swing.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare has asked people to sew cotton mittens for the koalas to help their recovery.

"Koalas with burns to their paws need to have them treated with burn cream and wrapped in bandages. They then need special cotton mittens to cover the dressings. All this needs changing daily so we’re asking if you can help us by sewing koala mittens – as many as they can before the fire season truly hits."

The IFAW has a pattern linked on their site, or see the PDF file here:

http://www.ifaw.org/sites/default/files/default/KOALA-MITTENS-PATTERN-A4.pdf (PDF file)

Use 100% cotton only — e.g.: old sheets, tea towels or cotton t-shirts

Send your mittens to

IFAW

6 Belmore Street

Surry Hills

NSW 2010

Australia

visit the website for more details

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Solace - make flags for India Flint's residency at The Observatory

prophet of bloom: an invitation: Solace

India Flint invites us all to contribute to her residency at The Observatory, in South Australia.

via http://prophet-of-bloom.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/an-invitation.html

Make a triangular flag or pennon [meaning a personal ensign, derived from the Latin penna meaning a wing or a feather] preferably using a piece of pre-loved cloth.
Stitch on it a word or a phrase or a sentence that might act as a wish for peace or an acknowledgement of beauty, imply a sense of stillness or simply something that  gives you solace. It can be as brief or as long as you like. A haiku, a snatch of song, a word that takes you where you want to be.

Attach ties to the tethering end of your flag.
It is important the flags be made from natural fibre fabrics as they will remain in place following prayer flag tradition, to dispense blessings and good wishes to the four winds...any shreds that part company from the whole must be bio-degradable. Additional decorations such as stone or glass beads, shell or wooden buttons are welcome, but please, no plastic.

Post the flag [preferably packaged in paper* not plastic] to :
 

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Who Needs Education? | American Craft Council

Who Needs Education? | American Craft Council

An interview with Paul J. Stankard, a fellow of the American Craft Council, teacher, book author and glass artist who didn't study at university level. He speaks about his experiences and what he tells his students at Salem Community College.

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Cy Twombly’s Remarkable Treatise

Cy Twombly’s Remarkable Treatise

An article about the Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, and his style of painting and drawing. It shows a few paintings/drawings made in 1970/1972: “Treatise on the Veil (Second Version)” (1970), “Untitled” (1970), and two Untitled” (28 May, 1970) studies.

via http://hyperallergic.com/170270/cy-twomblys-remarkable-treatise

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