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Gastbeitrag von Emmy Horstkamp: Let’s LilyPad Ourselves for the Sake of Art

Der Beitrag ist von der Künstlerin Emmy Horstkamp und erschien auf ihrem Blog MUNICH ARTISTS.
Emmy war begeisterte Teilnehmerin unseres female makers 2.0 Workshop: Einführung in den Microcontroller LilyPad mit der Wiener Künstlerin Stefanie Wuschitz.

Don’t be scared artists.  Today I’m talking about a LilyPad which is a piece of technology not a plant.  If you are adventuresome, the maker community would love to have you experiment with this form of technology and your artwork.  If you don’t have any idea how in the world you could use such a device, here are two examples.

Kobakant – She created a crying dress.

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Anouk Wiprecht Wearable Art

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With this type of open source technology, you can create artwork using digital text, LED lights and various sound devices.  The website for Arduino has hundreds of projects you can work on to learn the process before tackling a bigger and more intricate art piece.


On Saturday, I went to the PLATFORM in Obersendling and attended a workshop organized by Mira Sacher and taught by Stefanie Wuschitz from Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory.  Do you remember Saturday?  It was a beautiful day full of blue skies and warm weather but I restrained myself from getting the “Bavarian Blue Sky Sickness” and headed over to the PLATFORM for my first introduction to this hardware/software art tool.

Because I run on Colombian time, I arrived at the workshop five minutes late and saw a table full of electronic supplies and creatives with laptops.

Taking the last open chair, I opened my laptop with the Arduino software installed opened the software and froze.  This was not an intuitive so I would have to pay extra special attention to the German explanation.  Yes, I continue to take workshops at the Platform even though they are in German. So far, the value of the workshops overwhelms my natural inclination to avoid learning new things in German.

Four hours later, I bought my lilypad and brought it home so that I can make something really cool for an installation.  If you are interested in learning more about lilypads, you can make a trip to Vienna and visit Steffi Wuschitz. I know they would love for you to visit their female-focused Maker’s Lab.












In one of our tutorials, we added a switch where we could turn up and down or on and off the light/sound we were experimenting with in the workshop.

The more things you want to have the lilypad do, the more connections you make.

You use something called a breadboard while working to make sure your connections are correct

This is the little sound maker that you can hook up to the Lilypad

One of the students was busy trying to solder her wires onto the disc for sound.



















































setting up the wires to be connected with solder

© Photos by Emmy Horstkamp


Geschrieben am 20.06.2017 von Mira Sacher
Themenbereich(e): Blog, Gastbeiträge, Workshop

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