Trying out ideas for light-up paper sculptures.
I’ve been trying out different ideas for a paper sculptures workshop - the sculptures will light up in the dark (using the circuit from my last post). I’m going to use different thicknesses and types of paper but also paper that has been laser cut and hand cut to cast shadows and patterns.
Paper Circuit turns an LED on in the Dark
Testing out a paper circuit for a workshop - the circuit uses a light dependent resistor to switch an LED on in the dark. The circuit is going to be used as part of paper sculptures which will light up in the shade or when the sensor (a light dependent resistor) is covered. I’ve used copper tape and ‘bare’ conductive paint to make the connections. The LED looks lot brighter out out of direct sunlight.
Trying out a makey makey using garageband to make a leaf piano where each leaf triggers a different piano key using ‘musical typing’ in garageband. the leaves could be programmed to make different sounds by using soundplant.
Prototype at FACT
During the summer holidays I worked with Neil Winterburn to deliver Prototype at FACT.. A three day programme of activities for young people which explored ideas of hacking and inventing. This included an introduction to smart materials and e-textiles. We looked at different smart materials; thermochromic (heat sensitive), photochromic (light sensitive) and hydrochromic (changes with water) and how they have been used by artists and designers. They then explored their own ideas using the different smart paints and materials provided. Ideas included: a dragon headband that changed colour with sunlight, bags that blossomed in the sunlight, a bag that changed colour if your drink leaked, shoes with flames that appeared in the heat and many more…
Glowdoodle workshops with young people at play & youth centres in Liverpool. Glowdoodle makes light drawing simple using a webcam the program saves the image frame by frame building up an image as you go. This makes it easier as what you are drawing appears on the screen while you are drawing. We used a variety of different lights to get different effects including; finger torches, battery fairy lights, light-up shoe laces and light filters to change the colour of torches. A great extension of this would be to make the light sources with the young people as part of the workshop or to save the images as you go to make animations. Glowdoodle was made by Eric Rosenbaum in collaboration with Jay Silver. Glowdoodle is free to download from the link below - you can also use it on the website.
Soft circuits workshops using hand-made felt battery holders and different conductive materials for those who can and can’t sew . The circuits were taped on using conductive fabric tape. The battery holders and LED’s we’re attached to the circuit with conductive thread or conductive paint (we used paint pens from bare conductive ).