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

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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

Tinkeringzone

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

repubblica_idee

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

Knitic project, or how to give a new brain to knitting machines

knitic - Varvara&Mar

 

(originally created and posted on Arduino blog)

Knitic is an open source project which controls electronic knitting machines via Arduino. To be more precise, Knitic is like a new ‘brain’ for the Brother knitting machines allowing people to create any pattern and modify them on the fly. Knitic kit is composed by an Arduino Due, a diy printed circuit board on top of it, connected to the electronic parts of the original machine, (like end-of-line sensors, encoder, and 16 solenoids) and a software to control the needles real-time.

knitic - Arduino Due

In the past days I interviewed Varvara & Mar, the duo who developed the project. They’ve been working together as artists since 2009 and their artistic practices lay at the intersection between art, technology, and science. When I run into their project I immediately liked their approach as they see knitting machines as the first real domestic fabrication tool, that has been  overlooked in the age of digital fabrication.

Check the tutorial above and then below some answers to the questions I sent them.

How come you got interested in knitting?
Everything started in January 2012. We had an idea to knit poetry from spam emails. Hence, we were invited to the 3-month-long residency at MU gallery in Eindhoven and 1-month residency with solo exhibition at STPLN in Malmö,  to develop our project. After seeing MAKE magazine article on hacked knitting machine by Becky Stern, we thought it’s easy and fun to do the hack. Well, we had a bit underestimated the complexity of the project, but finally made more than one knitting machines work and started also Knitic project.

How and why did Arduino become useful to your project?
Arduino is A and B in our work. It means we use Arduino for many purposes, and to be honest, we don’t imagine our lives without it.
We applied Arduino already in our first hack of knitting machines, when floppy emulation script didn’t work for us, since we had 940 and not the 930 machine. Hence, we connected all buttons of knitting machine keypad to Arduino and were able to program knitting machine automatically.
In terms of Knitic, Arduino has a key role, because it gets the outputs of sensors, energize the right solenoids according to the pattern, and communicates with Knitic program written in Processing.

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Some weeks ago you were at Maker Faire in Newcastle : which type of people got interested mostly about Knitic? 
Interestingly, the most interested group of people were Dutch educators and the ones connected to creative industries. Also people from local hacklabs were very interested.

In some of your presentations you said that knitting and some other more crafty practices are a bit overlooked by fablabs and makerspaces, why do you think is it like that? Is it a matter of gender balance or there’s something more?
We think it is mainly because of the gender and also because MIT, where the  concept of fablab comes from, is dominated by engineers and architects, who saw more potential in hard-surfaced object fabrication, like 3d printing, laser cutting, CNC, etc. Plus there is not much information about hacking and developing open source knitting or sewing machine online. But we hope that things are slowly changing and soon lots of makerspaces will have knitting machines and other tools for handcraft. Hence, we think Knitic is an important example for re-empowering crafts with novel digital fabrication approaches.

knitic - Makerfaire

I have a knitting machine at home and I realized you need a lot of patience to make it work, but then it’s fun. Do you think that these hacks could lower the barriers and make it more attractive to less nerdish types?
We don’t think that knitting requires more patience than 3D printing, for example. To be honest, with knitting one is able to achieve first results much faster than with a 3D printing machine. To learn a new skill always requires some time investment.

In your opinion, what type of micro-business connected to these knitting machines could flourish in the next years?
Good question. Definitely, custom made knitwear. At the moment, there are no services which are offering knitwear (sweater, scarf, etc) with your own pattern and letting you chose the yarn type. There could be also  lots of interactive knitting and unique pattern generations. For example, we are working on a project called NeuroKnitting right now.
Soon we’ll make more information available on it. In addition to that, there is another business option that is open hardware in the form of Knitic Kit (pcb and components) or, why not, the whole knitting machine.

Thank you!