Electronic Textiles, Prof. Barbara Layne, Studio subTela, Concordia University, Montreal

We break our normal posting style to announce a local event. We are excited to sponsor this event, as it expands the world of textiles and brings the historic industry into the 21st century. Join us this Thursday, December 4th at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, CO for this special event.-Schacht Spindle Company

Previous Handweavers Guild of Boulder member, Barbara Layne, will present a special lecture on e-Textiles at The Dairy, December 4th, Thursday, 7:00 pm. This event is sponsored by a gift from Schacht Spindle Co. and the Luminescence Project. It’s free and open to the public.

Photo Courtesy of subTela

Barbara Layne taught weaving at The Weaving Shop back in the 70’s and has gone on to teach Textile Arts at Concordia University and found the Hexagram Institute in Montreal. She will discuss her creative research in electronic textile arts at her Studio subTela.

At subTela, natural materials are woven in alongside microcomputers and innovative sensors to create surfaces that are receptive and responsive to external stimuli. Wireless transmission systems have also been developed to support real time communication. In both wearable systems and installations, textiles are used to address the social dynamic of fabric and human interaction. Video clips and images will be shown.

Luminescence is installed at the entrance to The Dairy. The digital LED illuminated handwoven installation intersects the traditional craft of handweaving with the 21st technology of programmed LED lighting. The Lighting Design Team, Dan Julio, Eric Miller and Mike Bissell will also be in attendance.

Barbara Layne is a Professor of Studio Arts at Concordia University and the Director of Studio subTela, one of the Hexagram Institute’s media arts labs. The Studio is focused on the development of intelligent cloth structures for the creation of artistic, performative and functional textiles. Professor Layne has lectured and exhibited internationally, most recently in the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Mexico, The Kaunas Biennale of Textiles in Lithuania, Sensual Technologies at the International Symposia of Electronic Arts in Istanbul, and This Pervasive Day at the Edinburgh Science Festival. The research has been supported with numerous grants including the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Conseil des arts du Quebec.

When: Thursday, December 4th  at 7 pm

Where: The Dairy Center for the Arts, 26th and Walnut, parking in the back, off Walnut

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Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin has a double degree in biology and photography (he also spins, weaves, knits and crochets.) His work can be seen in Handwoven, Spin-Off and the SIP Easy Weaving With Little Looms.