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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    From 2013-2015 Mika is a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley

    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab

    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
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    Electric Embroidery Monday

    December 5th and 12th, 5:30-8:30pm
    This workshop is not open to the public, but will be held as part of One Love Generation‘s mentoring sessions in Atlanta, GA.

    The aim of this workshop is to explore embroidery as a contemporary medium, in terms of both content and material. Participants will use conductive thread to embroider and “illuminate” personally meaningful sayings, slogans, phases and imagery.

    Also see Electric Embroidery Tuesday >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=3338

    Embroidery is a historic craft that is used in many cultures, not only for decorative designs but also as a means of personal expression. More recently embroidery styles and cultures such as subversive cross-stitch, sublime stitching and radical cross-stitch are using embroidery as a medium for portraying more contemporary cultural and personal reflections.

    While a range of established embroidery stitch techniques are well documented, embroidery is open to all kinds of stitching and “drawing with yarn”. Although, the time it takes to achieve results similar to scribbling with a pen on paper can be much more involved, thus patience and concentration become part of the embroidery experience that very much shape the outcome.

    The emergence of conductive textiles, threads and yarns has meant that circuits can be embroidered using both traditional and contemporary styles and techniques. The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to the idea of embroidering with conductive thread in order to create designs that are circuitry. When using conductive thread to embroider circuitry, electricity becomes a visual medium.

    Participant Creations

    “Fuck me gently…”


    “Anatomical heart…”

    “Live, Love, Laugh”

    “Are you still there?… and more…” by Ahmara




    “Pac Man”

    “Eat or Be Eaten”

    “Cool Bean”



    “Space Alien”



    Inspiring Work

    Radical Cross-Stitch>> http://radicalcrossstitch.com/

    Subversive Cross-Stitch >> http://www.subversivecrossstitch.com/

    Jenny Heart >> http://www.jennyhart.net/

    Aza Kakeda >> http://www.ayakakeda.com/first.html

    J Schrom >> http://fluxprojects.org/secrets/

    Dezsoa >> http://a.parsons.edu/~dezsoa/DRAWING_embroidered.html

    Tracy Emin >> http://www.emininternational.com/

    Becky Stern >> http://sternlab.org/2008/04/lilypad-embroidery/

    Sublime Stitching >> http://www.sublimestitching.com/howto.html

    E-Embroidery Workshop >> http://eembroidery.wordpress.com/

    How-to Embroidery Instructions

    Embroiderers Guild >> http://www.embroiderersguild.com/
    Instructable >> http://www.instructables.com/id/Embroidery-101/
    Needlework tips >> http://www.needlework-tips-and-techniques.com/embroidery-stitches.html
    Soft Circuit guide >> http://web.media.mit.edu/~emme/guide.pdf

    Materials and Tools

    Conductive thread (thick) >> http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8549
    Conductive thread (thin) >> http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8544
    Conductive fabrics >> http://lessemf.com/fabric.html
    Tiny LED lights:
    green >> http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch/dksus.dll?keywords=516-1405-ND
    yellow >> http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch/dksus.dll?keywords=516-1402-ND
    red >> http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch/dksus.dll?keywords=516-1398-ND
    Sewable battery holder >> http://search.digikey.com/us/en/products/BA2032SM/BA2032SM-ND/257743
    Coin-cell batteries >> http://search.digikey.com/us/en/products/CR2032/P189-ND/31939
    Embroidery floss >>http://www.hancockfabrics.com/DMC-Color-Variations-Floss-Pack—12-Pkg-DMC-Embroidery-Floss_stcVVproductId47566295VVcatId539892VVviewprod.htm
    Embroidery loop >> http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Wood-Grain-Flex-Hoop-7—-Hoops—Stretcher-Bars_stcVVproductId121158343VVcatId539910VVviewprod.htm


    Download workshop handout >>
    Download Powerpoint presentation >>
    Local electronics >> http://www.acksupply.com/
    One Love Generation >> http://onelovegeneration.org/

    5 Comments so far

    1. Plusea on December 9th, 2011

      […] Electric Embroidery sessions at One Love Generation in Atlanta, GA […]

    2. LiTex on June 8th, 2012

      Maybe you guys can try LiTex which is LED Textile to make ” LED ELECTRIC EMBROIDERY”
      See this video on youtube.

    3. agico led light on June 22nd, 2013

      Leds do not rely on heated filament and gas mixtures to their electro sheen, and they also do not include utilization of dwelling, such as compact fluorescent lights (or CFLs).

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