In this course students will explore a wide range of fibers and conductive materials through a combination of digital fabrication and traditional techniques. It will begin with a basic understanding of textile making (weaving, embroidery, sewing, spinning) and how to incorporate fibers into designs and artwork. The second half of the course will focus on soft circuitry and conductive materials. Students will explore the basics of screen printing to apply flat circuits on paper and textiles, and learn how to connect conductive materials to microcontrollers. By the end of the course, students will have a library of materials and techniques for wiring soft circuits. Sessions are held in the Visible Futures Lab, a state-of-the-art digital fabrication and rapid prototyping facility. Prerequisite: A working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.
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