An EL Wire Northern Lights Cowl #WearableWednesday
I recently blogged about my Northern Lights Cowl and today I found another beautiful piece by Jasmine Angela So. Her version is super large and works much like a planetarium, shrouding the wearer. Original tests showed her working with LED sequins to test code, but for the final piece she ended up using different strands of EL Wire, giving a mysterious fragmented quality to the light. The EL is triggered using a Lilypad Arduino, and I can only imagine how fun it must be to wear her piece.
This project is also a good case for another consideration in wearables—audience. Although most fashion works to please others (what is seen), sometimes it is nice to have something that is really just for the wearer. It reminds me of something that most theater actors are taught about performing; the best motivation comes from having a secret. In this case, Jasmine has her own secret light show. Be sure to check out Jasmine’s blog to see more about her process. If you want to develop your own version of this wearable, check out our Tron Hoodie learning guide. This is a simple version that needs no programming, so you can make it in a hurry for the next concert. Have glow, will travel.
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