The designers for the MakeFashion fashion show and the public workshops will utilize a number of materials.
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
Electro Luminescent wire and Tape
The most basic micro-controllers allow for sensor input and trigger effects like fade, blink or twinkle. Programming them can be as simple as selecting menu items from a drop down list on your iphone, then pointing it at your micro-controller.
- the light source can be small
- if you want multiple colours you have to have multiple light sources
- the design has to account for each fibre running the entire length back to the light source
Examples of pieces using LED lights, Fibre optics, and EL Wire
The MakeFashion initiative is a collaboration of great minds who want to demonstrate that the convergence of Technology and Art can result in a form, fashion and community brand new to Calgary. Creativity and innovation are the guiding principles to unit fashion, jewelry and accessories designers with software and hardware engineers. Along with technology enthusiasts, creatives and those that just simply like to engage in cultural experiments – all are invited to participate in the MakeFashion event series.
Beginning with a Launch Party in early April, followed by a series of Workshops on jewelry making, hats,shoes and handbags retrofitting and leather crafting. A Symposium of thought leadership of where Art and Technology can take us culturally and economically and the Grand Finale Fashion Show showcasing “best-in-breed” designers in mid-September. All materials “fashioned” will be using two main products, LED lights and EL wire.
The following organizations are on board: Digital Alberta, Endeavor Art Gallery, Beakerhead, Protospace, the Costume Shop, Victoria Park BRZ… and we are just getting started…
Join us on Thursday, February 23rd at 6PM at Endeavour Arts Gallery for an information session on becoming a designer for MakeFashion’s wearable art show.
Endeavor Arts Gallery Address:
Suite 200, 1209 First Street SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0V3
(Located above Forbidden Clothing
entrance between Forbidden & Giuseppe’s Market.)