New book by Leah Buechley, the creator of the “LILYPAD”, showcases The Climate Dress
The Climate Dress is featured in the newly published book “Textile Messages: Dispatches From the World of E-Textiles and Education”, Published by Peter Lang Publishing.
The Climate Dress is mentioned as ”a statement that, though an aesthetic representation of enviromental data, contributes to the ongoing debate about enviromental issues. (…) The dress does not rely on wiring, soldering, or crimping which is often impair the textile aspect of ”smart textile” products. All functional elements are blended into the emboidery and proudly exposed to the eye. Ornamental design and functionality are no longer antagonists.”
The book is edited by Leah Buechley, who is Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab where she directs the High-Low Tech research group, exploring the integration of high and low technology from cultural, material, and practical perspectives. She is one of the driving force behind the succes of electronic textiles (e-textiles) within the creative field, and her work in this area includes developing the LilyPad Arduino toolkit.
Textile Messages introduces a collection of tools that enable novices – including educators, hobbyists, and youth designers – to create and learn with e-textiles. It also examines how these tools are reshaping technology education – and DIY practices presenting examples of the ways educators, researchers, designers, and young people are employing them to build new technology, new curricula, and new creative communities.
The book is among others available via Amazon.