Barbara Layne and three of her Research assistants visited the Swedish School of Textiles for a five days hands on workshop. The workshop goal has been to blend the fields of art and technology by weaving electronic components into flexible fabrics. The workshop included: An introduction to basic electronics and designing simple circuits. The development of soft circuitry by weaving and sewing conductive threads into fabrics (using hand looms). The creation of light-emitting fabrics with LEDs. A discussion and demonstration on microcontrollers and the use of sensing devices to trigger interactive responses.

Workshop participants have been designing and creating several small woven cloth sample pieces incorporating LEDs that can be worn on the body, hung on the wall, or used in any fabric with functional, decorative, or artistic applications. One of the samples is able to interact with a handwoven Interactive Wall Hanging that features an LED array.!

WORKSHOP LEADERS
Barbara Layne, Director, Studio subTela at the Hexagram Institute and Professor of Fibres at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Mail: layne@alcor.concordia.ca Webpage: http://subtela.hexagram.ca/blog

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS:
Hesam Khoshneviss, MASc Candidate, Electrical Engineering/Telecommunications, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Meghan Price MFA Candidate, Fibres, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Maryam Golshayan, MASc Candidate, Electrical Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

PARTICIPANTS:
Joy Boutrup, Associated professor, textile engineer, Designskolen in Kolding, Denmark
Delia Dumitrescu, Masterstudent in textile design, University College of Borås/THS, Borås, Sweden
Siw Eriksson, Specialisation hand loom weaving, University College of Borås/THS, Borås, Sweden
Berthe Forchhammer, Teacher in textile weaving, Danmarks Designskole, Copenhagen, Denmark
Barbara Jansen, Masterstudent in textile design, University College of Borås/THS, Borås, Sweden
Kirsten Klabo, Assistant professor, Faculty of Art, Design and Drama. Participant in the project TEKONIKK, (Textil och elektronik),
Oslo University College (HiO), Norway
Marie Ledendahl, Masterstudent in textile design, University College of Borås/THS, Borås, Sweden
Ragnhild Nordhagen, Masterstudent in textile design, University College of Borås/THS, Borås, Sweden
Lone Stidsen, PhD Student, textile designer, Designskolen in Kolding, Denmark
Veslemöy Tyssö, Assistant professor, Faculty of Engineering. Participant in the project TEKONIKK, (Textil och elektronik),
Oslo University College (HiO), Norway

ARRANGMENT [AND PARTICIPANTS]
Anna Persson, PhD student, textile and interaction design, University College of Borås THS, Borås, Sweden
Linda Worbin, PhD student, textile and interaction design, University College of Borås THS, Borås, Sweden
Margareta Zetterblom, PhD student, textile and interaction design, University College of Borås THS, Borås, Sweden

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