The Sensing EMFs Through Textiles workshop held by Afroditi Psarra and Martin De Bie took place during the 5th eTextile SummerCamp in Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain & Résidence d’Artistes located at Poncé sur le Loir in France on July 2016.

The workshop encompasses the idea of intersecting science and art through e-textiles and wearables, by creating handmade technological artifacts that can sense electromagnetic fields. After a brief presentation of reference projects and technologies that would be used, the participants experimented with two different circuits. One acts as an amplifier that can pick up LF transmissions and make them audible.

And the other, an ATtiny85-based detector, provides sonic, haptic and visual feedback of the picked-up interference.

Furthermore, the participants engaged in prototyping their own hand-crafted antennas using their desired crafting technique – embroidery, crochet, knitting etc.The creation of these unique artifacts permitted the participants to immerse their bodies to their surroundings through a playful exploration of art, tradition, science and technology.

For the full workshop documentation with circuit schematics and code check out: