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Textile Messages

Dispatches From the World of E-Textiles and Education


Edited By Leah Buechley, Kylie Peppler, Michael Eisenberg and Yasmin Kafai

Textile Messages focuses on the emerging field of electronic textiles, or e-textiles – computers that can be soft, colorful, approachable, and beautiful. E-textiles are articles of clothing, home furnishings, or architectures that include embedded computational and electronic elements. This book introduces a collection of tools that enable novices – including educators, hobbyists, and youth designers – to create and learn with e-textiles. It then examines how these tools are reshaping technology education – and DIY practices – across the K-16 spectrum, presenting examples of the ways educators, researchers, designers, and young people are employing them to build new technology, new curricula, and new creative communities.


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: dispatches from the world of E-textiles and education / edited by Leah Buechley, Kylie Peppler, Michael Eisenberg, Yasmin Kafai. pages cm — (New literacies and digital epistemologies; vol. 62) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Textile design—Data processing. 2. Textile fabrics—Computer-aided design. 3. Textile crafts—Technological innovations. 4. Textile industry— Technological innovations. I. Buechley, Leah. II. Peppler, Kylie A. III. Eisenberg, Mic ael. IV. Kafai, Yasmi B. TS1475.T475 677—dc23 2012045354 ISBN 978-1-4331-1920-0 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-1919-4 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-0941-6 (e-book) ISSN 1523-9543 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at i t k t t rability f i tee on P ction idelines for i f t e cil of Library es rces. Designed by Nina Wishnok © 2013 P ter , I ork 29 Broadway, 18th floor, New , 10006 . t rl .co i ts es ve . e ri r i lly, in a l for s such as icrofilm, i fi , icrocard, and off r ibited. To Seymour Papert, the grandfather of this work

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