I am finally making use of the a-n Artists Bursary I was awarded way back in January this year. The Covid-19 lockdown really messed up my year but due to the bursary and some stabilisation funding from Arts Council of Wales National Lottery Good Causes, I have been able to progress with my work.
The lockdown made it all the more important to understand better the requirements of coding scripts for Raspberry Pi and Arduino. The need to move from interactivity with my tapestry weaving through touch/direct contact to proximity sensing was obvious as I expect the audience is going to be reluctant for multiple people to be touching the same surfaces for some time to come.
It is a challenge for me but one I enjoy and the possibilities for different means of engaging and interacting with the audience while working with tapestry weaving and sound is immensely exciting.
The images below show the final stage of updating the conductive thread “wiring” on the back of my tapestry “INTERCONNECTION” and a video of the original making of this tapestry can be found on Vimeo and with others on my website.
“INTERCONNECTION” originally had light sensors as proximity sensors but due to varying lighting conditions in different galleries, these proved problematic. So now I am using conductive thread and in future will also use conductive fabric.
Supported by a-n The Artists Information Company
Supported by Arts Council of Wales National Lottery Good Causes