Last night our creatives met at dLux HQ to form their collaborative teams that will see them exchange skills and ideas for the purpose of making pieces of wearable art.
Compared to last year's event, where the scales were tipped in favour of techies, this year we see a more even split between those who have a fashion/textile background to those who work in deep space code and electronics.
Several of sARTorial 2016's participants are back on board and leading the charge for the new-comers. Nick Wishart, Nelia Justo and Jade Boyd were able to share their experience of being involved previously and what new areas they want to explore this time.
Nick, a tinkerer and all round creative coder bought along a selection of the types of electronics the teams would most likely be using to bring their pieces to life including arduinos, fibre optics, and LEDs. Brian McNamara, our established sound guy, showcased his synth bag that responds to finger touch by releasing sound and as Brian says "it's built into a shoulder bag so that it can be played anywhere." This certainly made a difference to those in the room who had never seen, let alone heard about these technologies and there was soon a lot of excited babble when we stepped back to allow everyone the chance to suss each other out more thoroughly.
At the end of the productive meeting, we had four teams established based on skill sets and similar interests. Another team will work on an installation and a few mavericks are developing other points of interaction for the event so sARTorial is shaping out to be an all singing, all dancing extravaganza with plenty of opportunities for audiences to be more than spectators.
Stay tuned for more progress reports!