It Works is a performative piece that demonstrates the past, present and future practice of creating Electronics Textiles. Participants are asked to complete parts of the embroidery using conductive thread. When all work is done on the textile, the circuit is completed, lighting a single LED in the centre and activating a heated element to display the text “it works” printed in thermochromic ink.
We wanted to convey the experience of doing a lot of work for seemingly small reward (the lighting of an LED) to show how exciting this can be, but also as a tongue-in-cheek reference to all the work that can go into a seemingly small action. We think this is part of what makes a master craftsman, but we also would like to do away with some of the hard components borrowed from traditional electrical engineering and start to create our own toolbox of textile-based soft components.
Front and Back
Close-ups of process