I wove in flashing LEDs on the loom using two different wires in the weft, one coated with paint so I didn’t short out the circuit. There is even a tiny resistor woven in since I didn’t use conductive thread in this e-textile project.
Forkner has incorporated electronics into her wall hanging pieces as well, like this piece she made based on a somewhat literal interpretation of the theme “Starry Night, which she calls “nature deifiers.”
I live out in the country where the stars are bright and beautiful. Despite feeling safe out in the middle of nowhere, most of my neighbors use multiple streetlights along with porch and other night defying lights. And I have several other stories of what I’ve dubbed “nature deifiers”. So I added tiny street lights in the shape of the big dipper and the glow from the lights does indeed make it difficult to see some of the star detail.
I really enjoy seeing Forkner’s work because I find the way that new technology changes the way that we work with traditional craft processes totally fascinating.
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