Wow this post has spent a year in the drafts bin (since october 2018, and I first looked into this in 2017…), so I’m kicking it out as-is. I’ll update it later with moar pics ™:
In this week’s continued effort to clear out my back log of super-old blog post drafts, today we’ll talk about knitted radios.
You: Wait what, knitted radios?
Drapery FM 2012 ( Installation description from v2.nl )
Technically, the underlying circuit is an adaption from Tetsuo Kogawa’s schematic of the “Simplest Radio FM Transmitter”. However, distinctively, electronic parts used as capacitors, resistors and the coil are made by knitting ordinary yarns together with electronically conductive yarns in deliberate configurations and patterns. Visually, the textile contains references to the ancient radio grill clothes that covered antique radios in the early 20th century.
Materials: Wool, Cotton, Copper, Silver, Stainless Steel, Silk, BC337 Transistor, 12V Power Supply, Audio Source, Radios.
More about Drapery FM
A lot of pictures: http://v2.nl/files/2012/works/drapery-fm-documentation
For more details, we turn to websites specific to the project.
Stitching Worlds is an artistic research project funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): AR 284-G21 in the Programme for Arts-Based Research (PEEK).The project was carried out between May 2014 and June 2018 at the Department of Industrial Design 2, University of Applied Arts Vienna.
- Pearl embroidery display
- Dongguan Factory
- Pattern vs capacitance experiments
- Knitted vs hardware capacitor comparison
- Knitted capacitors
- Industrial Knitting machines
- Embroidered Relays and Logic Gates
- Crocheted relays
- Irene’s site
- Ebru’s site