I am Very Happy
LEDs, french stitches, fabric, electronix, photo: Taku Kazuya, Adafruit intro
I Hope You are too
"Taipei is fun as usual, hope you are having fun in mexico too, and growing in confidence and self recognition. when I think of us, I wonder and bewildered lots, but without nostalgia nor regret, I have smile on my face. see you sometime in the future hopefully maybe, if life will bring us face to face again, I am very happy I hope you are too"
“I Am Very Happy I Hope You Are Too” 是一件在墨西哥瓦哈卡的駐村作品，這是一個結合了傳統刺繡工藝、導電縫線和電子零件的穿戴裝置，亦是一項柔性電路板的開發實驗。一封來自我朋友的信被放入了面具上的LED文字播放器中；就如電子迴路被解構並被放入織品的圖紋中成為服裝的一部份，文字中的情緒也被同樣的邏輯轉化成為了大量且有秩序的閃爍。
我使用了傳統的十字繡技法和導電縫線的方式來製造視覺上規律並容易縫製的方式來產生電路和織品一體的設計。我使用無焊接的方式來嵌入LED在織品上。導電縫線是我訂製的，所以沒有型號，由7條0.35mm的單晶銅線絞合而成的。除了電路板和導電縫線接合的地方常常斷裂以外，其他部份的柔軟性都非常好。這件作品曾在2018年UTS ART的展覽Hello World: Code and Design受邀展出，因為作品已經耗損太多，他們順便也替作品的寫了一份報告，裡面記錄了詳細的電路耗損情況，可以在底下連結下載。這件作品也被邀請參加展覽Attempts, Failures, Trials and Errors，一個在電子織品原型開發史，特別關注在藝術家如何使用電子織品成為創作手段的範疇裡，由Tincuta Heinzel策展。
“I am Very Happy I Hope You Are Too” is an installation that involves traditional techniques and electronic materials, and is also an experiment with flexible circuits. It was made during an art residency program in Oaxaca, Mexico. A letter from a friend of mine sent this to me, then I put it in the LED texts on this mask, as if the circuit is deconstructed as part of the textile pattern, the emotion is as well transformed into big amount of LED flickers with order.
I combine the traditional cross-stitch and conductive threads to make a wearable circuit with both function and aesthetic, a comutational-neat look but still friendly. I found a way to clamp the LEDs onto the embroidered circuit without soldering, therefore the circuit is flexible and not brittle. However the connection on the FPC is very fragile and it easily breaks. This work was invited to the exhibition: Hello World: Code and Design in UTC ART. They wrote a fine report to describe this condition after the exhibition over. The report can be download below. This work was also invited to Attempts, Failures, Trials and Errors, a exhibition to summerize a history of e-textile prototype development in artist scene, how artists implement e-textile techniques in their art, curated by Tincuta Heinzel.
report from UTS ART
Hello World: Code and Design