Switch in Loops is the result of a knitting exploration on furry surface with conductive thread and mohair.
While the main is knitted plain on a single bed knitting machine, the fur texture is created by holding the loops on the ribber bed needles.
Hidden in the fur the conductive loops are insulated, switch open ; when squeezing or pressing the material an electrical contact happens, switch closed.
“In forests, cemeteries, on beaches, I collect wood, feathers, shells or little stones. Back home I keep them somewhere to remember the moments. There comes a desire to weave these memories into the everyday practice of electronic textiles. I think about adding a conductive layer to the materials for them to be part of a simple circuit.”
This work is part of a research on "how to make DIY conductive materials" that I pursue. It displays natural elements treated with gold leaves.
The woven sample itself is a tilt sensor and has a simple LED test circuit to prove the electrical conductivity.
A nut and a wood stick were used to as goldened elements and woven into swatches for the 2017 Swatchbook exchange. They appeared to be so far the most satisfying results of a series of tests on materials.
Tutorial and references at swatch-exchange
Research on etextile circuits and how to connect several pressure sensors to only one analog input pin of a microcontroller. It is possible to read up to 7 distinct resistive values when pressing each of the button independantly or in combinaison.
This sample was produced to take part into the 2016 Swatch Exchange.
During the initial research I was supported by Jussi Mikkonen and Paul Seidler.
During Etextile Summercamp 2017 we had a discussion on Sustainability in the frame of the "Wicked Fabrics" theme.
As the days went on with the different focus groups, it appeared that if the idea is well shared in practice a lot of waste of all kinds -fabrics, electronics, papers, plastics- was created from making prototypes. The Shaman´s wand is covered by miniatures sacred embroideries from a collection of ceremonial waste.
I use a Brother KH-910 and the hack from Ayab. >link
It allows a semi-automated familial/hobby machine from the seventies to be controlled via computer and knit over the 200 needles without repeat.