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Future Fashion Hack Workshop at eTech Ohio!

Think Project Runway is hard? Try hacking your clothes with technology in 6 hours!  

On February 1st, watch live as I challenge 14 fashion students from the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center to hack their clothes with technology at eTech Ohio. With only 6 hours and no prior knowledge of technology, Juniors and Seniors will instruct and learn how to infuse technology such as conductive thread, fabric, fiber optics, wires, and sewable LEDs into garments.

The designs will be showcased on the catwalk prior to the keynote event on the 2nd. Don't Miss it!

If you want to keep up on the play by play action, be sure to follow the conference on Twitter @ohioetc

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Switch Craft at CES MommyTech Fashion Show!

At 6:00 PM on Friday, January 7, at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas Switch Craft's very own Shiny Clutch hits the runway at the CES MommyTech Event! Find out more here: mommytechsummit.com

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Drumbeat Festival: Part 1 - Let's Play Together!

My time at the Mozilla Drumbeat Festival is a three-part story about the supportive open-source community, the passion for free learning, and opportunities for change in the midst of extreme personal loss.

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Switch Craft at the Mozilla’s Drumbeat Science Fair November 3rd

 
The steady beat of open source learning has called me to beautiful Barcelona this week for Mozilla’s 2010 Drumbeat Festival.

I'll be speaking about the methodology behind Switch Craft and the empowering possibilities of fashion-based projects as an entry point for igniting that tech spark! 

Mozilla’s Science Faire

On Wednesday, November 3, 8:30 - 11pm

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Smart Fabrics 2010 Workshop

Last week, in fashionable Miami, a group of about 150 material scientists, fashion educators, product designers, sportswear makers, textile manufacturers, and fashion designers got together to discuss the future of fashion at the Smart Fabrics Conference. While there, I held a fashion hack workshop that included both the LilyPad Arduino and Aniomagic's group of sensors and lights. The attendees only had about 3 1/2 hours to use these tools to create an interactive garment or accessory. They promised to send some of the steps for DIYs based on their projects, so I am hoping to hear back from them soon. Hopefully this post and a little email nudge will get them motivated to send in the DIY. Until then, take a peep at the photos of the attendees having fun with techno crafting. 

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SXSW: Duh...Its Like Tech for Girls Continued...

[Above: Syuzi and Alison meeting for the first time at Maker Faire in 2006]

After four years, Syuzi Pakhchyan and I were finally able to get together and host our own talk about girls in technology. The talk was called “Duh… Its Like Tech for Girls <3" and it was presented as a core converation at SXSW Interactive 2010. We were joined by many audience members, who were passionate about igniting that tech spark in girls, teens, and women.

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I Heart Switch Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Jane Larson from Ann Arbor, Michigan!

Jane holding up her prize winnings, a signed copy of Switch Craft and a swatch of Luminex lighted fabric. She plans to incorporate the fabric into a little black dress she's making along with some LEDs.

We want to thank everyone who took the survey. We have new projects and posts planned to incorporate your feedback, so be sure to stay tuned!

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Fashioning Technology and Switch are Joining Forces at SXSWi 2010

Syuzi Pakhchyan of Fashioning Technology and I are joining forces at SXSW and hosting a session called “Duh…It’s Like Tech for Girls <3.” Here is the information: 

Duh ... It's Like Tech for Girls <3

SXSW Interactive, Austin, TX

Monday, March 15, 11am, ACC 7

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Switch Reader Creates A Skirt Full Of Stars

 

Shannon of PolyMath Design Lab  is a 30-year old designer in Oregon and a follower if I Heart Switch. I found her through her comments on this blog and was just facinated by what I found. Not only is she a talented designer in jewelry and unique products, Shannon has been playing around with her first electronic skirt (as you see above). I decided we must interview Shannon and let everyone on Switch see what an amazing project can be done by a first time electronic fashion crafter. The interview, video of the skirt, and more images are after the Break.

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DIY: Glowing Heels On the Go - Rodarte Style