Lighting up your wardrobe
Kath Weider-Roos is the Creative Arts Producer at A&D. She snaps photos and asks questions.
One of my favorite videos on PLAY gallery has always been Heidi Kumao's sound-activated dress from her series called Wearables:
And, student Riccardo Volpato (from Milan!) created these gloves so that you can now nervously drum your fingers on the tabletop and make music at the same time. Richard used the Lilypad microcontroller to read force-sensing resistor signals, then play musical notes.
In the meantime, while her students were busy learning programming and how to sew with electronic wire, Heidi Kumao turned Frida Kahlo on us and figured out a way to make art despite her pain. Using her back brace as a writable surface and still slightly hazy from the vicodin, Heidi started working on a photo series as a response to her new unwelcomed condition as an invalid.
Here are some of my favorites from what is destined to become a bestselling calendar called "Embracing the Brace." Who knew that a sledding accident would produce a whole new line of wearables? Get well soon Heidi!