February 5th and 6th

Canyon Inn
McCormick's Creek State Park
Spencer, Indiana

E-Textiles: Moving Beyond the Screen

LilyPad Embroidery by Becky Stern (sternlab.org)
   LilyPad Embroidery by
   Becky Stern

Join us in the lobby for a fun, hands-on workshop, run by Kylie Peppler. Everyone will create their own e-textile by merging sewing, crafts, and electronics to create a wearable circuit.

Participants are asked to bring their own artifact to be enriched with wearable circuits to the workshop. A shirt, jacket, hat, or any other fabricated object that can be sewn is suitable and will make your experience more meaningful. All other materials will be provided.

Artifacts like colorful interactive dresses and programmable paper sketchbooks confound our assumptions about the look and feel of technology. When we put technology in unusual material and cultural contexts like these, it becomes appealing to new and diverse groups of people. In this workshop, we examine aspects of computation and design that dovetail with hands-on crafts, physical construction and design, and material play. As today's notions of "electronic media" are expanding beyond the screen, we need to consider how engagement with digital media can encompass electronic textiles, "smart" or controllable materials, fabricated artifacts, and computationally-enriched physical objects.

Kylie Peppler

About Kylie Peppler

Kylie Peppler is an Assistant Professor in the Learning Sciences Program at Indiana University, Bloomington. As a visual and new media artist by training, Peppler engages in research that focuses on the intersection of the arts, computation, and creativity. A Dissertation-Year Fellowship from the Spencer Foundation as well as a UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship has supported her work aiding the development and study of the new visual programming environment, Scratch (scratch.mit.edu). More recently, Peppler has received support from the National Science Foundation as well as the MacArthur Foundation to study computational textiles as well as to guide the development of several new end-user programming environments. Her research interests center on the media arts practices of urban, rural, and (dis)abled youth in order to better understand and support literacy and learning in the 21st Century. You can learn more about e-textiles by reading the NSF-project blog.

Kylie Peppler was recently featured in a front page article in the Herald Times.