Fashioning Technology

Fashioning Technology

A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Provides instructions for creating a variety of home accents, accessories, and toys that combine crafting and technology.

Ingram Book Company
This book shows that, by using new technologies, smart materials, and unorthodox assembly techniques, adventurous crafters can create fun, functional, wearable works of art.

Book News
Crafting has moved beyond crocheted doilies and plywood birdhouses, lovely though they may be. Pakhchyan shows the adventurous crafter how to combine traditional work with modern technology. In clear, well-illustrated steps, she first teaches the basics such as how to make one's own circuit board or attaching solar cells and LED lights. From there she explains how to create an LED bracelet, sleek headphones, photosensitive curtains, a glowing tea table and robotic toys among others. This not only introduces fun projects, it is also a great way for technophobes to learn about the elements of objects now in every day use. Oversize: 9.5x9.5" Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Ingram Publishing Services

Ready to take your craft projects to the next level? With "smart" materials, unorthodox assembly techniques, and the right tools, you can create accessories, housewares, and toys that light up, make sounds, or do even more. Fashioning Technology is an introductory DIY book that brings technology and crafts together in a fun and unique way. You get jargon-free primers and lots of how-to projects that will have you making -- and even wearing -- functional works of art.

Written for a broad audience, this book demonstrates how to blend sewing and assembly techniques with traditional electronics to assemble simple circuits using conductive thread, solder joints for snaps, and switches for buttons. With the sewing machine as a viable substitute for the soldering iron, you can craft a new generation of objects that are interactive, quirky, and fashion-conscious.

Author Syuzi Pakhchyan, a seasoned artist, roboticist, and teacher, explains how to use smart materials such as thermo- and photochromatic inks that change color by touch or sunlight, magnetic and conductive paints, polymorph plastic, fiber optics, and more.

In Fashioning Technology, you'll find:

  • An invaluable reference section that breaks down the materials, components, and tools with clear, concise explanations and photos
  • A wide range of projects, including electronic accessories, interactive plush toys, and color-changing blinds, all using diverse crafting techniques
  • Techniques for seasoned crafters interested in incorporating simple electronics into their own projects
  • Methods for makers proficient in electronics who are looking for unconventional ways to create novel projects

Each project encourages you to personalize and customize using your own designs, materials, and craft skills. Fashioning Technology translates traditional electronics into fun, fashionable interactive projects for the geek, fashionista, and the craft aficionado alike. Now you really can be the flashiest dresser in town.

This book shows that, by using new technologies, smart materials, and unorthodox assembly techniques, adventurous crafters can create fun, functional, wearable works of art.

Publisher: Sebastopol, CA : Make:Books, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
Description: vii, 219 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780596514372
Branch Call Number: 745.5 Pak


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Apr 07, 2010

Full of very different ideas. Puppets with light-up cheeks and eyes, a glow-in-the-dark coffee table (special paint), and how to print screen curtains and other such fabrics with special paint that changes colour when exposed to UV rays.

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