Cloud Couture at NY Fashion Week Feb 3-12 #WearableWednesday
Fashion Week always attracts a lot of people to New York, but I have to admit that I’ve never been that excited, until now. Brooklyn Fashion+Design Accelerator (BF+DA) is offering Cloud-Couture: The Intimate Connection Between Fashion and Technology. This week-long series of exhibits and events shows the connection between technology, apparel and the internet.
There are some amazing exhibitors including Billie Whitehouse: Wearable Experiments, Forster Rohner, Paxie, Pankaj & Nidhi, The Crated, DryDye and Chromat. There’s also a few you’ve probably heard me fuss about, like Francis Bitonti Studio, Sensoree, Adidas, Hexoskin and NASA. Of course, Adafruit will have some wearables on display, so all you fans can have fun playing “guess the microcontroller”. Well, at least that’s what I like to do when I go to shows.
There are some bonus activities like 3D body scanning, virtual draping and some cool interactive exhibits by students from Pratt Institute. You can sign up for tours, receptions, workshops, panel discussions and movies here. It’s all part of the Cloud Couture experience. RSVP quickly for the events you are interested in, because having this many wearable artists in a public area is so rare, that it’s going to be slammed. Besides the fun, you’ll get to learn a bit more about BF+DA–an unusual space that offers classes on anything from knitted apparel to negotiating with manufacturers. If you ever want to be a fashion entrepreneur, this is your little heaven.
Speaking of fashion, do you know about our Conductive Stretch Fabric? If you like to sew, you might want to create your own soft sensors using this cotton, silver, spandex jersey. It’s stretch-electric, so make something and send us a pic. Your next runway piece may have game buttons.
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.