Circuitry, sensors, and electronic textiles workshop with Olivia Robinson

Creating circuitry and sensors with textiles. Electronics club meets crafting circle meets artists workshop; exploring soft circuitry, handmade sensors, and creating with electronic textilesSat 21 March2:00 – 6:00pm, CFA-111 Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

OLIVIA ROBINSON  is a multimedia fiber artist whose work spans performance, installation, research, and community engagement. Her diverse body of work ranges in scale from hand-built textile circuits to architectural-scale inflatable structure, and investigates issues of justice, identity, community, and transformation. Robinson has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Franklin Furnace Fund, and the New York Foundation for the Arts; her work has been exhibited at SIGGRAPH, Boston CyberArts Festival, and the American Land Museum. She is co-founder of the performance troupe Little Big Bang and is a board member for the Deep Listening Institute. Robinson received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, her MFA in Electronic Art from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Soft Circuits: Creating Circuitry and Sensors with Textiles is a workshop led by Olivia Robinson with Karyn Lao and Kate O’Brien. Soft Circuits explores soft circuitry, handmade sensors, conductive fabrics, and creating with electronic textiles. Participants will create their own soft sensors, which will become part of an interactive electronic quilt on display following the workshop in the College of Fine Arts Great Hall as part of the wats:ON Festival.

The Soft Circuits workshop runs Sat 21 March 2:00- 6:00pm.
Participants are asked to bring a piece of textile material that is personal to them, as well as an early memory of textiles or touch. The small textile material will be used to create a sensor, so the cloth should be something participants are willing to cut or manipulate (we will have material for use if you do not bring your own). Participants will be asked to share their early textile memory for a recording that will become part of the interactive touch-audio quilt; participants may retrieve their personal piece of the quilt following the exhibition in the Great Hall.

Free and open to the public.
Participants under the age of 16 are welcome if accompanied by a participating adult.