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Textile Messages

Dispatches From the World of E-Textiles and Education

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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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Shaowen Bardzell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing and the Affiliated Faculty of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. Known for her work in feminist HCI, her research focuses on a network of concepts of interest to both feminists and HCI, including scientifically rigorous and socially just research approaches, sexuality and interaction, emotion, embodiment, marginality, and everyday aesthetics. She pursues her research with an innovative blend of design, feminist social science, and critical theoretic methodologies.

Joanna Berzowska is an Assistant Professor of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University and a member of the Hexagram Research Institute in Montreal. She is the founder and research director of XS Labs, where her team develops innovative methods and applications in electronic textiles and responsive garments. Her art and design work has been shown in the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in NYC, the V&A in London, the Millennium Museum in Beijing, various SIGGRAPH Art Galleries, ISEA, the Art Directors Club in NYC, the Australian Museum in Sydney, NTT ICC in Tokyo, and Ars Electronica Center in Linz, among other locations. She holds a BA in Pure Math and a BFA in Design Arts and received her Masters of Science from MIT. Find out more at http://www.berzowska.com.

Lynne Bruning is creatrix of exclusive wearable art, e-textiles, and adaptive technologies. Fusing together her BA in neurophysiology from Smith College, Masters in Architecture from the University of Colorado and her family history in...

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