Barbara Layne and Studio subTela

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Barbara Layne, who use to live in Boulder ages ago and for many years has been on the faculty in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, recently sent me a link to her new website. Barbara has been working for many years on combining LED lights in woven structures, and this is the focus on the work of Studio subTela. I visited her website and was completely blown away. See for yourself at: http://subtela.hexagram.ca

I’ve printed the bio from her website below. Click on Barbara Layne on the homepage to read about all of her recent accomplishments.

“Barbara Layne is the Director of Studio subTela at the Hexagram Institute where she works with a team of graduate students from Visual Arts and Engineering at Concordia University and a variety of international collaborators. The Studio is focused on the development of intelligent cloth structures for the creation of artistic, performative and functional textiles.

Natural materials are woven in alongside microcomputers and sensors to create surfaces that are receptive and responsive to external stimuli. Controllable arrays of Light Emitting Diodes present changing patterns and texts through the structure of cloth. Wireless transmission systems have also been developed to support real time communication. In both wearable systems and site related installations, textiles are used to address the social dynamic of fabric and human interaction.”

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Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.