TEAlight : diffused by fabric





Between a Teardown and a Hack: exactly where I like to be !

For my second iteration of light diffused by fabric, I continue exploring how physical interaction with an object can change the illumination of a single LED without varying the current or digitally changing the diode.  As per the assignment, this project uses no Arduino circuitry and an abundance of hand-sewn stitches to join fabric.

For those that remember,  I just can’t shake the notion that this is strangely similar to the 1980’s trendy craft of cross-stitching.


I tested and selected this synthetic fabric, called Shimera: 78% Nylon and 22%Spandex, because of the soft and even glow it produced. It was stubborn to work with until I provided the tea strainers as a base structure. Beyond stitching, the majority of the effort was applied to reshaping the stainless steel hoop as described in the following video; TEAlight : process video

The plastic packaging from the stainers is another iteration in layered light shades. Each side of the spherical wrapper can be frosted and tinted which will allow the user to mix their own color of light.

All in all, this was very enjoyable! Big UPs to Becky for a great assignment.

TEAlight : in process from Chris Rand on Vimeo.

Author: ChrisRand

Products of Design MFA Student at the School of Visual Arts

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