What I love about spinning is, that you can put -almost- whatever – you – want – to – have – in it , as long as it fits through the orifice. Here I started something I want to continue. My Lost and Found Mood series. Stuff I take with me from places I visit. Places that later became part in my Installations and in my creative art practice. It is a nice way to capture a mood. Not only with materials, it is a collection of senses. Here I used stuff I found at the baltic see, northsea and around the Fjords. I mixed it with japanese paper garn, horsehair, transparent synthetic filament, different wires of fishing net … .
A hand-spun yarn, where I used/recycled old fabrics and teared them into thin stripes that I later could wrap around a pre-spun yarn. As well I used old textile with silk screen printings on, yarn, etc. Its very fun to produce that type of yarn, you recycle your fabrics, it is like a clean up. Maybe I should call it clean up yarn.
Sneak preview of my first conductive yarn spinning results. I tried different technics, and different approaches to make them conductive. Some have a thin metal thread core (hidden), some have the metal thread/wire wrapped around the core (very loose coil spinning), some have metal splitters from stuff I found at the scrapyard (special stainless steal scrap yards…), some are a combination of it all. Now I am eager to produce conductive handspunn yarn, with the very thin metal wire I recently received samples for and in thinner quality.
Electric Blue, Material: metal wire core, stainless steal splitters, wool in different color, mohair, turquoise polyester yarnsplitter
Electric Fairy tale, Material: Metal wire core, Metal wire wrapping, baby mohair, wool, turquoise yarnsplitter
Electric Glitter, Material: stainless steal splitter, yarn splitter, mohair, wool / shetland tops / leicester tops / , flax
Electric Jazz, Material: metal wire core, metal wire wrapping, wool / shetland tops, Bluefaced leicester tops
In April 2010 I moved into my new Studio, the Gamle Komunehuset in Dale i Sunnjford, Norway. It is a good place to work, with high ceilings and no direct sunlight. This is a snapshot of the creative chaos, while testing my handspun conductive yarn.
Picture of el-wire. It ll glow blue, according to the amount of voltage. I will make some experiments with this yarn, I want to bring light into weaving. I ordered it at PlugandWear, an internet shop for materials and tools for el-textile. I met Riccardo owner of it at the Worklab with Diffus in Oslo, at Atelier Nord.
These are the material samples of a metal wire company based in Switzerland. They can color these wires following the Pantone color scheme, so the sky is the limit … . Get in contact with me if you want to know more. I want to use the blue metal wire for my next project, following the theme of the glacier, like the weaving The Glacier.
Material: copper 0,071mm, cu/ag20 0,063mm
Last week I received my order of paper yarn. It is beautiful! I ordered unbleached and white yarn in different qualities. I am so happy about the quality of the very thin yarn, it was a problem for me to locate a supplier for this kind.
Material: paper yarn, 0,34mm, 0,6mm, 0,2mm, 0,94mm
Having absorbed the workshop of spinning and the spirit of Lexi Boeger, I was motivated to get going on my own spinningwheel. It just arrived from germany. It is very old, but still can do! With the aim to produce yarn, that can conduct electricity, and to work with the esthetics of the existing conductive yarn on the market I set ahead. Here you can see the first handspun conductive yarn, well, it is certainly decorative and to beautiful to be woven into something – so I ll keep them around in my studio just as they are and I am quite sure they will find the way in one of my projects.
Material: thin metal wire, grey norwegian wool, mohair, found fishing material
February 24 – 26th 2010 / Electronics with the Arduino
In this workshop run by Scott Fitzgerald (NY) at Atelier Nord, Oslo, I learned about how to translate information from the physical world into digital information with the arduino.
March 15 – 18th 2010 / Wearable Sound Experiments
I was attending a workshop in Wearable Sound Experiments at Atelier Nord, Oslo run by Hannah Perner-Wilson and Miko Satomi. The workshop introduces basic soft electronics techniques for constructing fabric sensors and wearable circuits.