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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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vi 2. Learning and Designing with E-Textiles 67 5 Learning about Circuitry with E-textiles in After-school Settings Kylie Peppler and Diane Glosson 71 6 Making Connections Across Disciplines in High School E-Textile Workshops Yasmin Kafai, Deborah Fields, and Kristin Searle 85 7 EduWear: E-Textiles in Youth Sports and Theater Heidi Schelhowe, Eva-Sophie Katterfeldt, Nadine Dittert, and Milena Reichel 95 Vignette: The Space Between Us: Electronic Music + Modern Dance + E-Textiles Eric Lindsay 104 8 E-Textiles and the New Fundamentals of Fine Arts Kylie Peppler, Leslie Sharpe, and Diane Glosson 107 Vignette: FairyTale Fashion Diana Eng 118 9 Bringing E-Textiles into Engineering Education Mike Eisenberg, Ann Eisenberg, and Yingdan Huang 121 Vignette: Amirobo: Crocheted Robot Osamu Iwasaki 130 10 E-Textiles for Educators: Participatory Simulations with e-Puppetry Kylie Peppler and Joshua Danish 133 3. E-Textile Cultures and Communities 143 11 LilyPad in the Wild: Technology DIY, E-Textiles, and Gender Leah Buechley, Jennifer Jacobs, and Benjamin Mako Hill 147 Vignette: Tendrils: Sensing & Sharing Touch Thecla Schiphorst and Jinsil Seo 158 12 Mediated Craft: Digital Practices around Creative Handwork Daniela K. Rosner 161 13 E-Textile Technologies in Design, Research and Pedagogy Joanna Berzowska 171 Vignette: Muttering Hat Kate Hartman 180 14 E-Textiles and the Body: Feminist Technologies and Design Research Shaowen Bardzell 183 15 Adventures in Electronic Textiles Maggie Orth 197 Contributors 215 References 225 Index 237 vii

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