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Electronic Textiles and Soft Circuit Design Workshop

Electronic Textiles and Soft Circuit Design Workshop

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  • Fri 27 Apr ’18 – Sat 28 Apr ’18, 9:00am – 4:30pm


AUT University, Auckland City, Level 10, WG Building, Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD



Ticket Information:

  • Registration Fee: $498.50
  • Groups 4+: $423.50
  • Full-Time Student: $298.50

This two-day introductory electronic textile (e-textile) workshop is aimed at designers, educators, and crafters who would like to learn more about e-textiles and soft circuits. The course is intended to provide participants with the basic knowledge and tools to incorporate electronics and computing into their own creative and/or teaching practices.

Workshop presenters
Donna Cleveland is currently studying for her PhD within our Creative Technologies Department. Donna graduated as a Textile Designer and is now focusing her studies in the field of recycled waste materials. Mette Hay is a trained textile artist and is currently in the third year of her Bachelor of Textile Design degree here at AUT. Both Donna and Mette have worked extensively with the Textile and Design Lab during recent years on their own projects as well as delivering our Felting and E-Textile workshops.

Workshop content
This workshop is an introduction to e-textiles aimed to give participants an understanding of the basic principles of soft electronics. Participants will be introduced to a range of new materials and will explore how these materials can be manipulated to create soft, interactive systems using the Lilypad Arduino: a modular, sewable computer. By the end of the first day, participants will have the basic skills to design and program simple soft, interactive systems. These skills will then be applied to the design and development of a smart wearable accessory using the Textile and Design Lab's FeltLOOM on the second day of the course.

Learning outcomes
Have a greater understanding of e-textiles and soft circuits
Develop simple soft sensors and circuits using textile techniques
Have a greater awareness of new materials and how they might be used for soft, interactive systems
Program Arduino Lilypad microcontroller to create simple interactive systems
Be able to use the FeltLOOM to rapidly experiment and develop a smart felted accessory

Participant requirements
Participants should be comfortable handling and working with soft materials. Basic computer literacy is necessary but programming and electronics knowledge is not a prerequisite.

What to bring
Materials are provided but please bring refreshments and lunch with you.

Participants will be provided with a LilyPad Arduino Kit which they can take away with them. Participants may bring their own laptops if they would prefer to work on them. An email will be sent out before the course with instructions on how to download the necessary software. Participants who do not wish to bring their own laptop will be provided with a Mac laptop for the duration of the workshop.

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