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 SoftLab is a space dedicated to the research and development of artistic projects using soft-circuits and wearable technology in the Center for Digital Arts & Experimental Media (DxArts) at the University of Washington, in Seattle.


Irene Posch on E-textile tools at HCDE

Irene Posch on E-textile tools at HCDE

"What kinds of specialized tools could E-Textile practitioners use? Being an interdisciplinary trade, many tools of our trade come from either electrical engineering or textile practices. Can we imagine and build unique tools that would fulfill needs unique to the practice of E-Textiles? How would and could these tools look like? And would tools that better fit the practice advance creation within the practice?

These questions were the starting point of experimenting sessions and the production of prototypes. They are targeted at identifying necessities and possibilities in the field and pondering potential answers towards them. Diverse aesthetic, functional, material and interactive qualities are explored, tested and discussed."

- From Stitching Worlds: http://www.stitchingworlds.net/experimentation/tools-for-practitioners/

 E-textile tools made at Irene's workshop: blue pin probes (to replace alligator clips), green multimeter pin probe  and orange multimeter seam ripper probe for testing.

E-textile tools made at Irene's workshop: blue pin probes (to replace alligator clips), green multimeter pin probe  and orange multimeter seam ripper probe for testing.

Transparent & Dangerous with Hannah Perner-Wilson

Transparent & Dangerous with Hannah Perner-Wilson