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November 18, 2015 AT 2:00 am

Project Light Swan: a color sensing, fiber optic, illuminated ballerina dress #WearableWednesday

Lisa Taylor made this gorgeous dress for the Wellington LUX light Festival this year. She put a lot of work into it and it shows! Check out the full build at her site.

Last year I attended the Wellington LUX light festival as a spectator. This year, I helped illuminate it.

Intrigued by the idea of using light for art, I spent nearly every night of the 2014 festival wandering the illuminated trail. My friend, Cally, was volunteering for the event. She was fortunate enough to be asked to wear one of the light up dresses originally provided by the company Vospertron for the World of Wearable art show.

Cally’s enthusiasm and dancing mesmerized people. Children would run up to her and ask if she would dance or play a game with them. But adults would stand by and watch. They would look past the lights and see a person with LED’s and a personal space bubble so they kept their distance. There was no interaction for them.

I wanted to see the dress do something. I wanted to see it interact with more people and not just children. At the time, I didn’t know what or how I’d do it, but I decided this was something I wanted to be apart of…

So what is Light Swan? Light Swan is a colour sensing, fibre optic, illuminated ballerina dress.

Our plan was to make a full, two piece, adjustable dress, in the style of a ballerina’s dress from LED’s and fibre optics. Sounds easy enough right?…

Read more.

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