Technology and crafting is a fast growing field judging on the many workshops and books that have been or will be released soon, helping all the ‘smart crafters’ to get started and inspired.
The latest addition to our wearable electronic library comes from Syuzi Pakchyan: Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting
Written for a broad audience, this book demonstrates how to blend sewing and assembly techniques with traditional electronics to assemble simple circuits using conductive thread, solder joints for snaps, and switches for buttons. With the sewing machine as a viable substitute for the soldering iron, you can craft a new generation of objects that are interactive, quirky, and fashion-conscious.
In Fashioning Technology, you’ll find a reference section that breaks down the materials, components, and tools with clear, concise explanations and photos, a wide range of projects, including electronic accessories, interactive plush toys, and color-changing blinds, all using diverse crafting techniques. For seasoned crafter interested in incorporating simple electronics into their own projects will find inspirational material as well as unconventional ways to create novel projects.
Syuzi Pakchyan is a user experience designer and tinkerer working and residing in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Media Design from the Art Center College of Design. Her MFA thesis titled “SparkLab” investigates the intersection between culture, technology and craft. She is currently working as a freelance Media and Interaction Design Consultant and teaches robotics classes to children.
A selection for Syuzi Pakchyan’s creative projects can be found on her site SparkLab. My personal favorite is her Wearable Light, a leather cuff with LEDs embedded inside. The Velcro functions as a switch so the bracelet only illuminates when it is in active use. The detailed instruction for building the Wearable Light can be found here.
Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting should be in every library of wearable electronic designer and crafter who are interested in merging technology with clothing and fashion accessories.