New York City finally repealed its very outdated Cabaret Law.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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi all. I’m late to the party.
But I brought these hypnotic, pulsating rainbow lights.
The code has been changed to reduce the brightness (I don’t wear my sunglasses at night), and changed to oscillate the colors a little differently from the example.
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!