Wool Interactions

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The field of smart textile design practices is at the intersection of diverse fields becoming an iconic interdisciplinary bridge between textile design, interaction design, material science and electronics. Smart textiles combine traditional craft processes with state of the art fiber-based smart materials to create soft and flexible circuits for applications in healthcare design and fashion. During the workshop participants learn basic theory and hands-on experience with crafting soft sensors with wool and smart wool using needle felting,  a technique  to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects by joining the wool fibers through the use of a very sharp and notched needle. All the sensors will be then connected to a hardware platform to discover their sound and visual interactions. No previous experience is needed, just concentration and a little patience. 
Zoe Romano is a Milan-based craftivist, digital strategist and lecturer focused on social innovation, women in tech, e-textile technologies and open design.
Participants can bring their own carded wool if they want to use special color, otherwise we provide all materials needed. 

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