A Starry Starry Night: Integrating Hand-Painted Textile Surface Design With Wearable Technology
Our inspiration was Vincent Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night.Our intentions were not to recreate his painting, but rather use the color scheme as well as the swirling brushstrokes that he used. The sertiprocess of silk painting was usedto hand apply vibrant oranges and deep blues to silk chiffon with expressive brushstrokes similar to Van Gogh. We sewed100+LED sequins with conductive thread in a parallel circuit to light up our garment’s starry night scene.Wecodedthe Adafruit Circuit Playground Express(microcontroller) using MakeCode to transmit the desired color to and turn on and off the LED sequins in a way that simulatestwinkling stars. We intentionally placed the microcontroller, which contained a ring of lights,underneath the sun. The battery and microprocessor are easily removed from the fully lined garment for laundering.
Keywords: LED, VanGogh, wearable art, technology
How to Cite:
Howell, A., Matson, J., Zahrt, C., McKinney, E. C., Bis, D., Vande Loo, S. R. & Willenborg, C., (2019) “A Starry Starry Night: Integrating Hand-Painted Textile Surface Design With Wearable Technology”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.8398