Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Interactive Textiles Workshops March 2013 with Illuminart

Info about our May-July workshops is here

Illuminart will be holding SA based regional and CBD interactive textiles workshops in mid-late March 2013.

These workshops are experimental, practical, hands on and will facilitate enhancing  skills both in textiles and in electronics. They are ideally suited to people who already have an interest in textiles/fashion. There are fees for attendance,  and separately for materials; but workshops can be free through bartering your time with illuminart on an interactive textiles project, and the regional workshops free as they are subsidized by Country Arts SA through a community arts grant.

ITWlogoOur workshops are being convened and hosted by Trevor “dok” Collict and Cindi Drennan of illuminart. Trevor creates electronic and interactive hardware installations for illuminart, and Cindi is an artist with experience designing projection art incorporating textile constructions and lighting.  Illuminart’s goal in holding the workshops are to develop a network of people with skills and interests in the area for the purpose of building new creative artworks involving a trained team of people. Another aim is to support interdisciplinary practise in South Australia and provide opportunities for CBD and regional collaboration. Most workshops are assuming an introduction of 2 hours, followed by a practical session using the equipment of up to 6 hours.

The workshop includes the option of participating in a creative illuminated project called QUILT in which participants will each make an interactive fabric patch of a large quilt which will be displayed by illuminart in Port Adelaide during our New Light Industrial program.

Cindi and Trevor will be holding several workshops in Adelaide and in regional areas. The workshops are for people who like working with textiles and are interested in how to add electronic devices and learn a bit about the materials involved, and also for people who are interested in electronic devices in general and would like to become involved in a creative project or network.

The workshop will involve 3 stages:

  • Basic demonstrations of interactive electronics incorporating arduino, LED, elwire, and sensors (1-2 hrs)
  • Hands on experience working with devices to embed, embroider, stitch and attach to fabric (2-4 hrs)
  • Experimenting with reconfiguring interactive electronics to create a designed “patch” or piece of a large collaboratively constructed textile artwork (2-4 hrs)

In addition, illuminart are working on some experimental projects combining textiles and lighting for NEW LIGHT INDUSTRIAL and in the workshop you may have the opportunity to participate in fabricating part of one of these projects for further experience.


Workshop option 1 PORT ADELAIDE: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March, from 10am to 3pm at Level 1, Ripples Art Studio, 83 Commercial Road Port Adelaide. BYO Lunch.

Workshop option 2 PORT ADELAIDE: Sunday 17 and Monday 18 March, from 6pm to 10pm at Level 1, Ripples Art Studio, 83 Commercial Road Port Adelaide.

Workshop 3: PORT AUGUSTA / QUORN: Wednesday 20th March 4 PM intro, Thursday 21st March 10am to 4pm at location TBC in Quorn.

Workshop 4: PORT AUGUSTA / QUORN: By appointment on Wednesday 20th March or Friday 22nd March.

Workshop 5: PENOLA: By arrangement between 23-25 March – dates and venue TBC.

*during our New Light Industrial project in Port Adelaide we are holding meetings at a variety of premises to support local businesses.


Workshop Fee Full price: $100 per workshop (materials not included)

Workshop Fee Concession: $60 per workshop (materials not included)

Discounted option: if you are in a regional workshop you do not have to pay a workshop fee, as it is supported by Country Arts SA.

Free Workshop Option:  you must stay for the full workshop period, as a conditioon, and you also will provide illuminart with your hands on support for a future illuminart fabrication project in return for us waiving the fee.

Materials cost:

Free Materials on QUILT: If you are working only the QUILT collaborative fabrication project, materials are included.

Materials if you want to take some away: Allow $40 – $100 if you are working on your own project.

What to bring:

  • Yourself, snacks or food appropriate to your dietary requirements
  • Sketch book, note book
  • Sewing kit if you have one – including scissors, needles, thread, fabric glue. We will have supplies but it helps to have your own there.
  • Sewing machine if its a regular part of your creative habits. We will also have a machine or two there for general use.
  • Scrap fabric or materials you’d like to try using.

Questions and bookings contact as below with your name, phone number, and preferred workshop session.