The Nerds on Stage festival shows how fascinating and cool the world of creativity and technology innovation can be. On Thursday, March 27, kids and teens were treated to the latest in digital, media and technical developments. Passionate ‘certified’ nerds who have earned their spurs, guaranteed a spectacular and inspiring program.
Aniela presented Solar Fiber to more than 900 young people at Nerds on Stage.
Meg presented our Solar Fiber project at the Connected Bodies Symposium at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles last month.
The Symposium, “Connected Bodies: Imagining New Wearables”, was held at the Art Center College of Design in partnership with Intel. Solar Fiber was an example of design-led research and the contribution designers and makers can make to scientific exploration.
We’ve had a big helping hand from Ank Hazelhoff! She’s woven a meter of fabric, using a combination of fiber optic material and regular weaving threads. We’re going to use this fabric to produce more prototypes.
Ank Hazelhoff is an independent hand-weaver whose specialty is weaving copper threads to make 3 dimensional objects out of 2 dimensional cloth. She was curious to try weaving with fiber optic filaments and produced these amazing results.
This is how it looked on the loom:
The results! Left: 0.25 mm fiber optic, right: 0.75 mm fiber optic producing a stiffer fabric.
A close-up of the 0.75 mm fiber weave.
And even closer:
Ben Schiller’s FastCo article featuring Solar Fiber has been translated into Chinese and featured on fastcompany.cn. It’s pretty exciting to see this international exposure!
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