Access Space, 3-7 Sidney Street, S1 4RG
In this beginner-friendly, hands-on workshop you'll make and explore ways to (literally) weave electronics into fabric, to make interactive textiles. The workshop will be jointly lead by three leading e-textile artists - Sandra de Berduccy bringing her knowledge of Andean textiles and electronics from her home in Bolivia, Sheffield-based textile artist and researcher Toni Buckby, who is currently working with the V&A museum, and Becky Stewart, creative engineer who lectures at Imperial College London.
In this workshop you will weave small touch sensitive e-textile pieces using mini-looms (designed by Toni Buckby). Weaving fibres and conductive thread to create a fabric sample, you will then have the chance to program your piece to trigger sound and lights, as well as experimenting with electro-chemistry through hand-made dyes. All materials will be provided and the mini-loom is yours to take home - with the option of also purchasing the electronics you use.
No previous knowledge of weaving, programming or electronics is required, though please either bring along a laptop with the Arduino IDE installed, or let us know in advance if you require a computer to be provided.
Please note, if you want to take your creations home after the workshop, please bring £30 to cover the cost price of arduino microcontroller and other electronics.
£20 + booking (+ £30 materials)
AlgoMech is Sheffield's Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Arts, funded by Arts Council England, Arts and Humanities Research Council, European Research Council, Sheffield City of Ideas, and Sheffield Making Ways. For the latest information including timetable and tickets, please see algomech.com.