Fashioning Circuits began as an investigation into wearable media and technology. Wearables, and the shifts that arise from joining computing to the body, remain an important part of the work in the project. But our scope has expanded as we have done the work of exploring these questions and tracing these entanglements over the years. Fashioning Circuits is now a place where we also engage with the rich histories and practices of computational craft, domestic technologies, soft activism, and so forth. These practices, often hyper-feminized and located within homes or community collectives, are an important and often unacknowledged pre-history of what is today referred to as “maker culture.” We both study and engage in these practices in our scholarship, creative practice, and community partnerships.
We are inspired by the possibilities of:
· Learning new techniques
· Decolonizing and recovering histories
· Working in collaboration in an inclusive space
· Developing strategies of expression that engage with broader cultural context
Fashioning Circuits operates through three modalities: scholarly & creative practice, university coursework, public workshops and events planned in collaboration with community partners.
If you are interested in these possibilities and the connection between media or technology and embroidery, sewing, knitting, crocheting, felting, haberdashery, quilting, scrapbooking, cooking, and other craft or domestic technologies, contact us.
Search both Twitter and Instagram for the hashtag #fashioningcircuits to see all of the interesting resources we are finding and sharing.
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Kim Knight
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