Normally I would be avoiding blogging about the Olympics at all costs, but I did find one thing to celebrate despite my grievances: Barbara Layne's visit form Montreal. She came to participate in the Cultural Olympiads at Emily Carr's Code Live exhibition. On the opening night I modeled one of her fabulous hand-woven electronic jackets which had scrolling messages and images in LED lights, one of which was the Olympic rings. Barbara, with the help of her team, has patented the design for these flexible LED lights which can be woven into fabric without breaking or greatly affecting the drape of the fabric. She weaves them into a special weave structure which she designed especially for the purpose of keeping the wires from making contact with each other and short circuiting despite being woven together, along with other fibres, as one fabric. Pretty amazing stuff!
Barbara's studio at Concordia University
P.S. I still feel a little dirty for wearing Olympic rings.
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