High-Tech Craft: Why Sewing and Knitting still matter

SXSW.jpgWhy Sewing and Knitting still matter is the topic of a high profile panel discussion which is part of the SXSW Interactive Festival on Saturday, March 9th from 3:30 – 4:30pm in Austin’s Convention Center.

Traditional crafts such as knitting and sewing are surging in popularity thanks to the growing Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement. But living in the 21st Century these traditional and almost unchanged techniques undergo a radical transformation.

From soft circuits and mathematical knitting to fashion technology and wearable computing, two up to now fundamental different technologies like weaving, knitting and sewing one one hand and electronic on the other hand are being fused to create a new dimension where fashion becomes technological and technology becomes fashion.

These 21st Century crafters on the panel not only promote the notion of DIY, they are using technology to create a new dimension in fashion and personal electronics.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Natalie Zee Drieu, Senior Editor for CRAFT Magazine. She writes for the CRAFT blog at craftzine.com

Joining her on the panel:
Syuzi Pakhchyan – her MFA thesis titled “SparkLab” investigates the intersection between culture, technology and craft.
Alison Lewis – producer and host of SWITCH, an online blog that showcases technology as modern, crafty, fun, and fashionable.
Mouna Andraos – designer and artist working on interactive objects and installations as well as in web, electronics and video.
Diana Eng – fashion designer who designs with technology, math and science.

To find out more about the new trend of high-tech crafting and how these women look to technology and science for inspiration head over to Austin if you can and follow this panel discussion.

[via: Coquette]

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