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Intro to E-Textiles or Weaving with Light

Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance
Event organized by Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance

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Light up your fabric and enter the brave new world of E-textiles or fabrics with embedded electronics. It doesn't matter if you've never woven or created a circuit before, you'll learn to do both in this fun class. You'll start by setting up (warping) an inkle loom and learning to weave a narrow band of fabric on the loom. Then you'll embellish your weaving by adding LED lights and creating a simple circuit to power those lights. You'll leave with a unique textile that literally glows, new skills, and a better appreciation for smart fabrics. Lights are just the beginning!

Geri Forkner is a multi-media fiber artist based in East Tennessee who enjoys using fiber processes in unique ways to express ideas about life. She learned traditional fiber processes from her grandmother but became the only female in her engineering class when her father insisted “craft” was not a suitable career. Geri’s work has now come full circle and she is utilizing both her craft and technical skills in the exciting world of electronic textiles. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and is a nationally known artist and teacher working with both children and adults. Her creativity is contagious and her students are always inspired to think outside the box.

# of Participants: 8 - 15

Experience Level: No prior weaving or electronics experience required. Experienced inkle weavers can work on a more in-depth project.

Age: 15+ (12-14 year olds are welcome if accompanied by a paying adult)

Required/Optional Supplies:
- Inkle loom - there will be a limited number of looms available for you to use if you don't have one.
- Scissors
- A sense of adventure and good humor
- Chocolate (optional)

Supply Fee: $6, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class for a battery, battery holder, LEDs, conductive yarns, miscellaneous supplies, and handouts.

Registration and Payment: See link below. If you prefer to register and pay by mail, visit https://goo.gl/7bqHzL to print a registration form.

Questions? Please email info@fiberartsalliance.org or call 678-235-4328.