Sep 102011
 

Welcome to Fashioning Circuits, a public Humanities project related to Fashion and Emerging Media.

Photo "electronic led light dress at the museum of science and industry in chicago" by Flickr user David Hilowitz

Photo “electronic led light dress at the museum of science and industry in chicago” by Flickr user David Hilowitz

Fashioning Circuits was launched in September 2011 as part of a series of independent studies in the graduate program in Emerging Media and Communication (EMAC) at the University of Texas, Dallas. The goal of the project is twofold: to explore the ways in which fashion and emerging media intersect and to work with community partners to introduce beginners to making and coding through wearable media. In Fashioning Circuits “fashion” functions not just as a noun to describe cultural trends, but also as a verb, “to fashion,” to indicate the experiential and problem based learning strategies of the project as well as the potential for a diverse range of students to fashion themselves as members of the publics and counterpublics of the future.

This blog is one of the ways in which the work of the project is articulated. The blog content includes

  • Coursework – resources from university courses, both independent study and formal classes.
  • Emerging Media – examples and analysis of blogs, social media, mobile applications, etc. as they pertain to fashion.
  • High Fashion – information and analysis of haute couture and runway iterations of wearable media.
  • History – historical impact of science, technology, and media on fashion.
  • Identity – analysis of the impact of fashion and emerging media on identity, including raced, classed, gendered, differently abled and sexualized bodies.
  • Project News – information about Fashioning Circuits activities and press coverage of the project
  • Representations – representations of fashion in media, including art, media, games, social avatars, etc.
  • Wearables – analysis of developments in wearable media, smart textiles, etc.
  • Workshop – descriptions of wearable media projects and detailed tutorials.

Aside from the blog archive, the editorial team is also active on Twitter. Search for the hashtag #fashioningcircuits to see all of the interesting resources we are finding and sharing.

If you would like to work with us on planning a community event, please contact kim.knight@utdallas.edu  If you would like to volunteer your time at one of our community events, please join our Facebook planning group at http://facebook.com/groups/fashioningcircuits

  2 Responses to “Announcement: Welcome”

  1. Hi,

    I am writing a dissertation titled Development of Collaboration and Creative Thinking Through the Creation of Wearable Technologies. I thought you might be able to help me locate some opportunities to include in my study. Any chance you are working with any high schools integrating e-textiles within their curricula? The problems I am addressing are the elimination of arts programs in education and employers looking for these skills. The purpose of my research is to discover the perceptions of students and their teachers on how engagement in digital artistic creation of wearable technologies affects the development of collaboration and creative thinking in learners.

    Any assistance you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

    ~Laurie Korte

    • Hi Laurie,

      Thanks for your message. Your dissertation sounds very interesting.

      Unfortunately we are not currently working with any high schools. We have worked with high-school aged young women through The Girl Scouts, but not directly with any schools.

      Are you in the Dallas area? If so, you might consider contacting some of the local magnet arts schools as a starting point. For instance, Booker T. Washington. Even if they don’t have any wearable tech curricula, they might know if other schools do.

      Good luck!