Pressure Sensor Matrix

Posted on Oct 18, 2017 in Craft, Sensors, Tutorials
Pressure Sensor Matrix

This pressure sensor matrix allows you to detect where pressure is being applied in a specific location. It is an adaptation of Kobakant’s pressure sensor matrix (design here, Arduino code here, and Processing code here). Materials + Tools: + Stretchy Conductive Fabric from lessEMF + Eeontex Stretchy Fabric from Sparkfun + Karl Grimm Conductive Thread […]

Sonic Quilt Resource Gathering

Posted on Oct 17, 2017 in Craft, In process, Tutorials

Below are a collection of resources for the Sonic Quilt project. Following the first exhibition of the prototype, I found there is much room for iteration. In the second prototype, the goal is to embed each individual quilt square with its own audio player. The initial version used the Audio FX Board by Adafruit, but […]

Crafting Technology 101 Workshop

Posted on Aug 27, 2017 in Craft, Learning

On August 9, I had the delightful honor of presenting to a group of young ladies (14-15 years old) who are participating in the GOALS for Girls program housed at the Intrepid Museum. A big part of this program is to bring field experts and mentors in to speak to the girls about different disciplines […]

eTextile Swatch Exchange 2017: At the Fringes

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 in Craft, Sensors
eTextile Swatch Exchange 2017: At the Fringes

Title: At the Fringes Credits: Liza Stark Year of Invention: 2017 Description: Fringes hang beneath. They create the boundary between finished object and the outer world. They give movement to otherwise static textiles, unmasking the potential for action. This swatch employs a pulling mechanic to turn fringe into a switch. Ribbons, fabric scraps, and other […]

Crafting Resistance workshops this April

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 in Craft, Learning, Sensors
Crafting Resistance workshops this April

After many months of pondering and planning, this workshop series is finally making it’s way into the world. More to come on the why and the how, but here’s the overview: Crafting Resistance Craft has long been a tool of activist movements, whether quilting to spread awareness of AIDS, embroidering as a means to rebel […]

ATtiny Workshop at Fab Lab BCN’s Textile Bootcamp

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in Circuits, Craft, Learning, Tutorials
ATtiny Workshop at Fab Lab BCN’s Textile Bootcamp

ATtiny Embroidery In this workshop, participants will create a dual sensor testing circuit and touch sensitive textile using the ATtiny. ATtiny Embroidery Swatch from Liza Stark on Vimeo.   Important Links Code used in workshop Dave Mellis’ ATtiny library (To turn your Arduino into a ATtiny programming machine. Full tutorial here.)

The Flickering Unicorn

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 in Circuits, Craft, Sensors
The Flickering Unicorn

Finally! It’s here! The full Instructable for the Flickering Unicorn! This was a fun little project post-wedding dress construction. This unicorn costume employs eTextile sensor construction techniques to control the behavior of the RGB LED horn. The mane is a stroke sensor constructed from conductive and non-conductive yarn using a loop stitch technique. By stroking […]

eTextile Summer Camp 2016 in Photos

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 in Circuits, Craft, Sensors
eTextile Summer Camp 2016 in Photos

Another lovely high-flying summer at Paillard 🐓❤️ eTextile Summer Camp Happenings Softopia Discussion Exhibition Fictional eTextiles Focus Group

GDC ’16: How to Turn a Teacher into a Game Designer

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 in Games, Learning
GDC ’16: How to Turn a Teacher into a Game Designer

This is my talk from the 2016 Game Developers Conference. It was part of a panel called Teaching with Games 3: Another Six Exercises in Play. My talk focuses on an exercise we used as part of Institute of Play’s TeacherQuest program. After a basic introduction to modding games with tic-tac-toe, educators are given a […]

E-Textile Swatch: Rose Resistance

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 in Circuits, Sensors
E-Textile Swatch: Rose Resistance

Decorative elements can play an integral role as sensors in smart garments. The rose is a ubiquitous form of ornamentation across many craft practices, especially in crochet. My goal is to explore one technique for three dimensional sensor construction in the form of a crochet rose. Made with a combination of resistive, conductive, and wool […]