CSM MA Textile Futures graduate, Berit Greinke, and her fellow PhD students from Queen Mary’s G.hack group, led a hands-on workshop at the College yesterday.
Students were invited to draw with conductive ink, paint with thermochromic ink, and stitch with silver conductive thread – in order to make a collaborative interactive artwork based on a London map.
The TEXmap Afternoon Tea project saw students produce a responsive table cloth that plays sounds from tea houses all over London. After inks and threads were added to the table cloth, to make a colourful and individual piece, a specially configured tea-pot and mugs were placed on the material. The ceramic tea-pot released constant heat, and when placed on the thermochromic ink, the ink became transparent revealing the colours underneath. The mugs released sound from the tablecloth when placed on the embroidery, with the help of copper bases, cables and the Arduino microcontroller.