A Wearable Studio Practice (2015)
The Wearable Studio packages the work environment of a typical electronic textiles studio into a series of portable items that can be worn or carried on the body. By providing the functionality normally contained in static furniture and the architectural infrastructure of the studio/lab, A Wearable Studio Practice allows the e-textile engineer to become nomadic in her practice.
Now is a perfect time for electrical engineers to become mobile with their practice. It’s not just electronic parts that have become smaller and smaller, but also many of the tools used in electrical engineering (power supply, multimeter, oscilloscope, programmers… ) have become more compact and portable. Many practices closely related to hardware such as software/programming and CAD/design have been liberated from static infrastructures because laptop computers – their primary tools – are powerful and lightweight. Co-working spaces and FabLabs offer temporary workspaces all over the world. There is an awareness of the benefits of local production and site-specific development.
Wearable Studio Collection
A collection of wearable and portable accessories that allow the electronic textile engineer to travel, build hardware on-site, incorporate local craft techniques and resources, experience different cultures, encounter and collaborate with other disciplines and share their skills with others.
The items in this Wearable Studio Collection are in various stages of development, but shall eventually be documented in great detail, so that they can be reproduced by others. I hope to encourage copies, modifications and improvements to these designs.
Traveling with Tools
How it all started….
Materials&Tools Flickr set >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157605562647889
Since 2006, we have taught over 70 workshops in over 20 countries.
Workshops Flickr collection >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/collections/72157612892947451/
Hacking the Wild expedition into the jungle of Madagascar
Materials and Tools:
Other people’s tools
Rob Godshaw’s Flight-case Toolbox and Workstation
H. O. Studley tool cabinet
Ultimate portable mobile toolbox by JanD28
Portable workbench for a bicycle. by IamWe
Inside Adam Savage’s Toolbox
ISS Toolbox- One of the toolboxes onboard the space station
Tom Sachs toolkit making
Transforming existing objects…
Laura Sansone’s Mobile Textile Lab
Andrea Zittel’s mobile living pods and uniforms
Airship mechanic tool vest by awl
Ditch Your Tool Belt and Make a Tool Vest That Holds Exactly What You Need