Techie people have their Google Glass and black LED skirts, but what about the country folk? What’s needed is something that answers to the “Rhinestone Cowboy”, and these “ElectroChaps” fill the bill. Designed by Tracy Jean Manuel, they were created as an independent project for Music 107B and the University Honors Program at UC Davis.
Tracy is part artist and musician, and loves to work with different materials. Her own website sums up her willingness to experiment in all things, including wordplay.
As a full-time-student-turned-art-turned-design major, she’s turned duct tape into dresses and tea bags into tapestries.
Here’s her list (or should I say recipe) for the chaps:
four piezo elements
two stereo jacks
two stereo-mono adaptors
last season’s skinny jeans
one campaign button
someone’s house keys
one IKEA table napkin
Not only are drums kicking with these pants, but they are also one of Tracy’s passions. She can be found doing solo work and also jamming with the Jim Dyar Band. Let’s hope she continues to combine her talents, as these chaps are perfect for a duet with Kaki King.
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