Younghui is teaching her newly programed BFA course, “Wearable Design” studio class this semester at the Dept of Digital Media Design, Hongik University.
Here students are exploring sewable soft electronic circuit, various sensor studies and elements of wearable design that is very much related current cultural interface. They are currently practicing with their dieas with sensors, Arduino and sketchbook. Their goal is how to make the wearer to act, feel and think.
By watching students’ weekly assignments, I’m already excited!
First day, the team had a brainstorm session. We exchanged ideas on communication in our society. What it means and how do we communicate here. This idea naturally went on to the social drinking culture and how it is deeply related to communicate with each other. Therefore the team came up with two different ideations of wearable that expresses and communicate during social drinking environment. We listed out all the necessary materials and electronic parts and sketched interaction design. We researched different alcohol sensors and RGB LEDs and servo motors. We are to create one male jacket and woman’s top.
2nd day was spent mostly for the material search and finding. Experimenting with various papers to used as a diffuse LED lights and expand easily with kinetic movement of parts. We tried different paper folding techniques and creating different fabric using rice paper with iron-on fabrics. No perfect solution yet.
October has kicked in with busy but, very exciting schedule!
Cornell University Oct 17th, 2012 Wednesday 10 am
As a visiting artist/scholar at Cornell Unviersity (thanks to the invitation from Dr. Geri Gay & Leo Kang at Information Science,) Younghui participated at The Breakfast Talk on Wearable Art (shorter concise version) at Information Science Department at Cornell University. There were good group of audience made of BFA students to PhD candidates and professors from both Fine Art School and Information Science School. She has presented some of her wearable projects and her inspiration and interests in old and new smart materials. The room had a great energy and she has received great feedback from everyone.
Younghui had scheduled a three day trip to Chicago on the way to Ithaca, NY and Insook Choi from Columbia College of Art has invited her to give a special talk at Creative Technologies Forum in front of members of the provost office, faculty and students from Art + Design Dept, Fashion Studies, Product Design Dept. Younghui gave one hour presentation on her teaching method, philosophy as well as presented selective wearable projects. She had a very heated Q & A session with positive feedback and idea.
Media City Seoul 2012, Da Vinci Creative Technology Art exhibition,
Younghui’s new wearable art project, ‘Gravity of Light’3D printed textile wearable hat is finally completed three months after her team got a Da Vinci Creative Grant funded by Seoul Foundation of Art and Culture & Art Space Guemcheon. This exhibition was held with Media City Seoul 2012 (Seoul Media Art Biennale) from Sept 10th – October 9th, 2012
“Gravity of Light” – Interactive Wearable using 3D printed smart textile
What if light on the surface of the wearable textile behaves like it has gravity… It started with this simple idea of light having gravity like water.
“Gravity of Light” is a wearable technology art made of 3D printed smart textile that displays the wearer’s natural movement of head such as tilting. With embedded custom designed electronic circuitry in a hat, light pixels move on the surface of the hat flowing toward titled direction.
This project was funded by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul Art Space GEUMCHEON as apart of 2012 Da Vinci Idea Competition Grant. Also supported by Hongik University WCU Digital MediaPublic Art Lab (R32-20067)
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