Etsy Art & Culture | Off Book | PBS Arts


America has a long tradition of handmade arts and crafts. In the manufacturing age, however, much of this work was overshadowed by the homogenizing force of retail culture. But the passion for handmade arts didn’t disappear, and persisted through the years in local craft fairs. Now in the age of the internet, these local craft cultures and artists have found a unifying online community, Etsy, that provides a platform for communication and sales to appreciative fans and customers, as well as a medium to connect with each other and share ideas across the globe.
Featuring:
Vanessa Bertozzi, Director of Community & Education, Etsy
Alyssa Zygmunt, http://www.etsy.com/shop/BROOKLYNrehab
Allison Patrick, http://www.etsy.com/shop/zipper8lighting
Katherine Rasmussen, http://www.etsy.com/shop/reiter8

Make Projects > Soft Circuits

Conductive materials such as inks, threads, and textiles are opening up a whole new world of possibility for crafting electronics into fabric. Circuits can be hand- or machine-sewn, woven, embroidered, inked, or knit.

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Leah Buechley, creator of the LilyPad Arduino and head of the High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab, published : LilyPad in the Wild: How Hardware╩╝s Long Tail is Supporting New Engineering and Design Communities.

See more High-Low Tech Projects like textile-based sensors:

http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?cat=26

http://makeprojects.com/Topic/Soft_Circuits

Additional Information

Books

Fashioning Technology by Syuzi Pakhchyan in Maker Shed

Kits

Smart Materials Kit in Maker Shed.

For more do-it-yourself ideas, be sure to visit the Craftzine Soft Circuits archive.

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/soft_circuits/

Trash Fashion Show in Seattle

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What is the Trash Fashion Show?

Sourced from a dumpster near you, local fashion designers craft panache from trash. At The RE Store’s 9th Annual Trash Fashion Show, models flaunt designer detritus on the catwalk as the MC announces the surprising source and vision behind each fashion.

The selected fashions and accessories stretch the imagination regarding what is wearable – materials might include construction fencing, food packaging, inner tubes, soda pop top chainmail, or plastic grocery bags woven, crocheted, pleated or sewn. If it can be thrown away, its fair game for the trash fashionistas.

Link to photos from previous shows:

http://www.re-store.org/index.php?option=com_phocagallery&view=category&id=14

Link to 9th Annual RE Store Seattle Trash Fashion Show

http://www.re-store.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=479:2010-trash-fashion-show&catid=59