Nightfall: DIY LED Party Coat



New York City finally repealed its very outdated Cabaret Law.

So let’s dance.

You’ll need the right outfit for the occasion.

Follow these 12 instructions to create your own light-activated party coat. The sequin LEDs on the front of the coat turn on and off automatically based on the ambient light: when the lights go down, it’s party time.

And if this coat feels too ambitious, just enjoy some tassel-making with this video:






Ellen’s Final Project Proposal_V2

This project is a tech-savvy fashion piece called “Between Evening and Morning.”

It’s a wildly eccentric cape that detects the surrounding light and sends a signal to turn on or off the emerald green sequin LEDs that are embedded throughout plush, sparkly tassels on the cape’s surface. It’s a statement piece.

Cape_V2_LDR input sensor

Please see the proposal specifications here in this Google doc.

I’d be thrilled with any suggestions you may have. I’m pretty confident in the sewing & tassel-making part of this project, but a little tenuous regarding the circuitry and coding.


Ellen does Arduino, Round V

Antya and I partnered for this Huzzah wifi board exploration, which was especially helpful given that we each had hardware/downloading issues, and we needed each others’ resources. The wifi connection on the 7th floor is notoriously slow, which heightened our anticipation and eventual excitement as we tried to establish the wifi connection.




Final Project Brainstorm

Wearing a costume, especially one with blinking lights, attracts a lot of attention at a party. That’s the intention. But how can you avoid the pesky reaching hands that want to touch and prod at whatever it is that you’re wearing?

Inspired by the Back Off! brooch created by Phuong Anh, Tzu-Ching, Oomung and André, my proposal is a wearable ornament with a light output that reacts to proximal motion. Essentially, the piece sparkles brilliantly, but dulls and eventually turns off completely when people get too close. Now you can be the center of attention without worrying about strangers reaching for your precious creation.


Tassels and Tinsel

Cape // shawl // epaulettes

Reflective material with 2 neo pixel strips embedded within for supreme brightness. The colors will oscillate within a narrow spectrum of colors that coordinate with the color of the tinsel material. The motion input sensor will be worn on the person’s chest.

tassels and tinsel

Happy Mask

soft sculpture for the face

The tricky part of this proposal will be getting the expression to be silly and inviting, not creepy. There will be a short series of LEDs on the crown of the head, or down the center of the face.

happy mask

Crystals and Pills

hood // shawl

This wearable item will be patterned after paintings & doodles that I make with crystal & pill motifs. There will be several bright LEDs embedded throughout the detailed pattern, and again, the motion input sensor on the wearer’s chest.

Crystals and pills_proposal




Bunny Nightlight Prototype 2

Making this bunny was a long journey, and it isn’t over yet (he still needs some edits). There were fabric selection hiccups, an embroidery machine injury, and five or six re-wiring attempts.

This bunny’s best features are his large size, his softness and his slinkiness. I think I achieved the scale and the versatility that I was aiming for, but his wires are still nonoperational, and that needs to be fixed!

Bunny wiring process