Maggie Orth
Art, Technology, Design

previous artwork

Fuzzy Light Wall, 2006

Media: Hand-made conductive sensors, conductive yarns, machine embroidery, conductive tape, acrylic, wood, incandescent light, lighting control circuitry. Fifteen textile sensor areas. 5'w x 3'h.

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Commissioned by Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Extreme Textiles, Designing for High Performance, Curated by Mathilda McQuaid, New York, NY, April 8 - October 30, 2005.

Touch to tufted, pile or pompom sensors to turn on and off and adjust the lights on this interctive wall peice. A variety of fuzzy electronic-textile sensors act as a sampler of the possible forms of fuzzy senosrs.

This piece allows viewers to explore dynamic repeat and pattern through touch, as opposed to dynamic pattern control with software, as in the color-change fabric.

When the lights are off, the surface is white, but when viewers touch the sensors, lights behind the sensors dim on and off, revealing hidden color and pattern.

Viewers can create different patterns and shift the light and color effects by moving their hands over the surface of the work. With IFM Design Studio.


  at Copper Hewitt
lit pattern 1
lit pattern 1