0

What Is an Expert? 100 Felted Flowers (and some with tech) #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #art #DIY

Felted Flower Headpiece With LEDs

When you think of a felt flower, a simple design that you made in grade school probably pops into your head. However, for Geri Forkner, textile artist, there is a lot of meaning in creating many versions of something simple. I’ve been following her work ever since we enjoyed a workshop with Leah Buechley to learn about soft circuits. Geri has perfected the flower, and it actually is the foundation for her latest show Making Multiples: The Journey to Becoming an Expert at Rangsit University, Thailand.

I set out to make 100 wet felted flowers while contemplating production work and how one becomes an expert. During the three and a half days it took to make the flowers, I concentrated on the process and the idea of variations on a theme. In the end, one hundred seemed just the starting place in a journey toward becoming an expert on the simple task of making felt flowers.

Students making felt flowers

As part of her show, she also offered a workshop for students. At first glance a table looks as though a storm brought a flurry of petals, but this is the art of felting, with colors so rich and fuzzy that you might imagine the smell of lilies. With a simple LED and battery, the flowers are transformed into illuminated beauties that students have fun assembling.

Student shows her felt flowers

Geri’s exploration with flowers is a great reminder that in teaching it is good to keep the number of new techniques to a minimum. I think that is why this project is so successful for STEAM. The felting and simple circuit are great starting points for youth to explore art and tech, and there’s also the joy in making. If you are a teacher and would like to explore using LED sequins for flowers, take a look at our tutorial for this bouquet. It’s always the right time to give flowers.


Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!


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, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, 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.

Join 10,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

What do you want from CircuitPython in 2019?

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — Designing hardware is hard. Designing a test jig can be harder.

Wearables — 5 meter fun

Electronics — Solder isn’t everything.

Biohacking — Beyond CBD and THC

Python for Microcontrollers — Python snakes its way on the SparkFun SAMD21 Mini, Hackaday.io, 10k thanks, and Tim’s magazine #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF @Adafruit

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.