Meeting at the makerspace with fashion tech designer Anouk Wipprecht

(originally posted on Digicult – versione italiana sotto)

In “The Diamond Age, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer”, a cyberpunk novel by Neal Stephenson, where a near-future world is revolutionised by nanotechnology, Constable – the protagonist’s adoptive father – asks her daughter Nell which path she wants to take: “conformity or rebellion?”. Nell’s goes: “Neither one. Both ways are simple-minded — they are only for people who cannot cope with contradiction and ambiguity.”

Somehow the path Anouk Wipprecht took in her life had to deal with some of the challenges which reminded me of Nell and, like her, she didn’t allow creativity to be sacrificed for conformity. Back in September I spent with Anouk a day wandering from location to location here in Milan, in order to meet all the appointments of her schedule and then perform at Meet the Media Guru, a series of events featuring international leaders in digital culture discussing a variety of topics from science to fashion and environment.

Her work as a fashion tech designer brings her all over the world, especially in the US, where a diverse range of companies like Intel, Samsung and Swarovski commissioned her installations and products mixing the futuristic aesthetics of digital fabrication design, with the most innovative components of wearable tech. Since she started working in this field 12 years ago, she’s been developing 37 projects mainly transforming dresses into interfaces: through the use of robotics and open hardware finally fashion starts talking to us.

During our conversation and her keynotes, it’s clear how for Anouk Wipprecht that fashion means mainly dealing with expressiveness and communication. Born in the Netherlands she studied fashion since age 14 even if her family, not having a wealthy background, would have preferred she’d chosen something more oriented to a “real job”, like being a lawyer or a doctor. In those days Anouk was into drawing and the act of sketching garments became a way to express herself and overcome her introvert attitude. Continue reading Meeting at the makerspace with fashion tech designer Anouk Wipprecht

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Fiat Voluptas Tua – An Artwork

(testo italiano sotto)

an artwork by Zoe Romano, Giorgia Petri, Laura Migliano

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The 16th century was a time of medical revolution. Many pioneering researchers gathered new evidence from human dissections challenging accepted views on anatomy, and especially the bodies of women and men.

The 1559 edition of Thomas Gemini’s Compediosa Totius Anatomie Delineatio features a depiction of a semi-dissected female torso, and the book’s original owner  cut away a neat triangle of paper on which the vagina would have been drawn. Continue reading Fiat Voluptas Tua – An Artwork

A distributed academy on Fashion and Tech starting in September

Fabricademy is a transdisciplinary course that focuses on the development of new technologies applied in the textile industry, in its broad range of applications, from the fashion industry and the upcoming wearable market.
After participating to the bootcamp coordinated by Anastasia Pistofidou and Cecilia Raspanti at Fablab Barcelona, WeMake Milan became one of the official nodes taking part to Fabricademy and I will also be curating the module on Circular Open Source Fashion !  Check the other modules and subscribe (deadline August31st).

Unlike other academies, Fabricademy offers an innovative distributed rather than distance educational model: students learn in local workgroups, with peers, mentors, and machines, which are then connected globally by content sharing and video for interactive classes. The individual labs are supported and supervised regionally by supernode sites with more advanced capabilities, expertise, and inventories.

Have any question? Drop me an email info(at)dazoescope.com

Workshop wearables all’ITS di Biella

 

L’ITS Tessile Abbigliamento Moda di Biella é un Istituto Tecnico di nuova generazione che propone percorsi biennali post diploma

alternativi all’università ma a essa collegati, per formare tecnici superiori in grado di inserirsi nei settori strategici del sistema economico-produttivo, portando nelle imprese competenze altamente specialistiche e capacità d’innovazione.

Il 22 Gennaio ho tenuto un workshop di introduzione ai microcontrollori e agli smart textile con un’attivitá hands-on pratica, invitata da Fablab Biella.

La galleria di immagini è consultabile sul Flickr di Wemake.

 

Wearables al Museo della Scienza di Milano

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Sabato prossimo sono ospite insieme a Costantino Bongiorno – co-founder di WeMake – nella Tinkering Zone del Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica di Milano per un workshop gratuito supportato da Henkel.

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Si può indossare la tecnologia?
Hai mai immaginato di personalizzare un accessorio fashion?

“Fashion goes interactive” e’ workshop gratuito per maker, designer, stiliste, ricercatrici, studentesse e tutte le donne che vogliano scoprire come tecnologia, arte e design si fondono con il mondo del fashion. Nella Tinkering Zone del Museo, un incontro speciale dedicato al making, per sperimentare la “wearable technology” e customizzare gli accessori utilizzando Arduino e i sensori tessili. Continue reading Wearables al Museo della Scienza di Milano

3 minuti per parlare di Makers, Arduino Day e WeMake a Repubblica Next

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Sabato 29 Marzo, dopo aver trascorso tutto il giorno a WeMake insieme a 300 persone appassionate di Arduino, ho partecipato all’evento Next – Repubblica delle Idee, curato da Riccardo Luna.

QUi trovate una piccola intervista di accompagnamento e a breve il video dalla sala Melato del Teatro Piccolo !

Con me sono intervenuti Innocenzo Rifino di Digital Habits con Cromatica e Piero Santoro di Yradia con MEG a presentare i due progetti basati su Arduino e in partenza con le campagne di crowdfunding!

Ecco il video:

Repubblica Next – Zoe Romano

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Afroditi experiments with embroidery, soft circuits and diy electronics

afroditi psarra

(originally created and posted on Arduino blog)

The work of Afroditi Psarra includes experimentation with embroidery, soft circuit and diy electronics. I got in touch with her after discovering she was holding a workshop in Barcelona around sound performances using Lilypad Arduino along with a really cool embroidered synthesizer (…and also submitting her project to Maker Faire Rome !).

Even if her background is in fine arts, as a little girl she got interested in creative ways of expression: on one side she was lucky enough to have all sorts of after-school activities that included painting, theater games and learning but also how to program using LOGO and QBasic. That was in the days of black-and-white terminals and MS-DOS commands:

I still remember the excitement of not knowing what to expect at the opposite side of the screen. So for me, technology has always been a major part of my life.

Lilytron

Continue reading Afroditi experiments with embroidery, soft circuits and diy electronics