4 Who is Lynne Bruning Textile Enchantress Lynne Bruning is an award winning wearable artist, e-textile innovator and calls herself is“a textile enchantress, lover of black sand beaches, tangerine bikinis and fast connections” (Body Pixel interview)She holds an Bachelor of Arts in neurophysiology and Masters in architecture. Her artworks have been published in numerous fashion magazines, web zines and all over the blogosphere. Bruning is an active member and proponent of DIY scene in eTextiles and wearable tech fields. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado.Both her degrees: neurophysiology and architecture are foundations for her work. When asked she describes what she says is a simple connection between a human body and a building - circulation, respiration, temperature regulation, waste removal, skin,energy, production, etc. “Same functions, different materials and scale”.Asked which came first, soft or circuits? She responded:“Soft. Always soft. I come from a family of textile people. Everybody was a sewer, knitter, weaver. So, I will go with soft... but my father was an electrical engineer. So he had a whole laboratory filled with all of this stuff. And I actually still have some of his tools.”As evident by the amazing number of resources I have found that support learning about e-textiles and her work as a lecturer, educator and leadership, Bruning participates in and develops forums for sharing e-textile fashion, Bruning is a proponent of an open and shared community that brings together weaving, hardware, sewing, code, textiles, engineering, fashion and apps.Her recent work has evolved to focus on adaptive technology - real-world applications that can help people live a better life.Lynne Bruning creates exclusive wearable art, eTextiles, and adaptive technologies. Combining her BA in neurophysiology from Smith College, Masters in Architecture from the University of Colorado, and family history in textiles, Lynne teaches and lectures nationally and internationally. From Qatar to Slovenia and California to New York, her hands-on, electronic textile workshops infect textile artists, electrical engineers, and computer hacks with the love of wearable computing, and engender community-based eTextile groups. Lynne sustains this global eTextile community by filming How To Videos, contributing to Instructables, and hosting a monthly eTextile Lounge uStream: a global hacker space. Articles and interviews appear in Surface Design Journal, Forbes, and Handwoven; exhibitions include a Motion-Activated eTextile Garden at the Denver Art Museum (2013), and featured eTextile presence at Maker Faires (2009 – 2012). Lynne’s innovative, award-winning designs will inspire and challenge you to re-imagine fabric using today’s technologically complex and interactive surface designs.In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at California State University, Long BeachPlease join us for an exploratory evening of soft circuits, wearable computing and eTextiles. Lynne discusses recent designs, developments and debates concerning this growing industry of interactive textile design. She recently conducted workshops at Tasmeem Doha, Qatar sharing ideas of cross cultural interactive design, hybrid making and the global open source movement. A strong supporter of hackerspaces, Lynne is sure to have a story about her experiences participating with these local communities while on her global travels.Lynne Bruning is the creatrix of exclusive wearable art, eTextiles and adaptive technologies. Fusing together her BA in neurophysiology from Smith College, Masters in Architecture from the University of Colorado and her family history in textiles, Lynne jets thru the universe creatively cross-pollinating the worlds of science, textiles, fashion and technology. She hosts global workshops and produces How-To videos on electronic textiles which infect fiber artists, electrical engineers and computer hacks with the love of wearable computing and spawn local eTextile groups. Her innovative award winning designs will inspire and challenge you to see beyond the fabric and into today’s technologically complex surface designs.Industrial Designers of America (LA)Textile Enchantress
5 Couture Fashion Couture Art Wearable Art Adaptive Clothing Clothing DesignerCouture FashionCouture ArtWearable ArtAdaptive ClothingBruning doesn’t consider herself a fashion designer. She makes garments that people wear, but they also can hang them. They function as pieces of art. She sees them as a byproduct of her artistic and scientific process.In her words: “I see my creations as a symbiotic combustion of fashion, art, sculpture and science and the wearer adds dimension by breathing life into the textile project” (Body Pixel).
8 Candy. CFound an interesting fact in an instructable.com interview that I didn’t find elsewhere:Bruning responded to a question about using a lot of black light reactive materials and what she finds so attractive about them:She is almost legally blind and can actually see the weave when she works with them. Regular fibers are hard for her to see on the loom.
9 SynapticAccording to Bruning, her inspiration for this Synaptic coat was was derived from looking thru too many scientific journals at day glo images of celular structure. The fluttery edges and triple layer structure remind her of sea slugs lightly skimming across the sand.
10 DayGlo WeaveBruning describes this as an “avant guard red carpet worthy black light reactive evening gown”Handwoven 8″ long fluorescent fringe teases the horizontal vibrantly eye tingling stripeskMaterials | surveyor’s string$15,000Hubbell, Leesa. Mind and Body: Transgressions and Transformations. Surface Design Journal; Winter2008, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p48-49, 2p
11 Bats Have Feelings Too Haptic Coat for the Blind Bruning also created a haptic feedback coat, intended to give the blind a virtual cane using vibrations that tell them how close they’re getting to objects. She describes it as a wearable cane.Fashionable adaptive technology for the visually impaired is handcrafted from the client’s favorite jacket, microprocessor, vibration boards, Maxbotix ultrasonic range finders and conductive thread. This wearable computer technology assists the wearer in freely navigating the build and natural environments.The coat sends sonar pings out sensing the environment. If an object is within 24″ the vibrating motor will activate and buzz that an object lies in the users path.Materials | lilypad arduino, conductive thread, ultrasonic range finder, vibration boards, ready made jacketInspirations | navigating city streets in the dark, fashionable adaptive technologyWhen asked about the artwork for this coat, Bruning responded with a story that explains why she made Bats Have Feelings Too! as a creative commons project. (on her website she lists it for sale for a million dollars…or “you can make it yourself for $75 and adds a link).When I was five, my Grandfather piled my brother, our 15 year old gardener Joseph, copper pipes, butane torches, plumbing supplies, a couple of goats and me into our ancient Ford Fairlane. We drove deep into the Jamaican Blue Mountains to Joseph’s hamlet where there was only one water spigot for a community of hundred people.That day, I watched and learned as Grandfather taught Joseph, and eventually an entire village, how to install copper plumbing. Demonstrating as he ran the line from that spigot to Joseph’s one room concrete block tin roofed home. This event was the beginning of many do-it-yourself lessons and is the grounding source of my ideal for democratization of technology.That day Grandfather changed many lives by sharing the knowledge of how to use technology and a few simple tools to improve your world. With Bats I hope I have shared a building block, a jumping off point, for the global development and use of a ‘wearable cane’. It is a project that can be made anywhere in the world. It can be tailored to that specific persons aesthetics and mobility needs. Most of all it shares Grandfather’s belief that anyone can solve a challenge thru technology, ingenuity and determination.Haptic Coat for the Blind
12 Lynne’s Prototype Fashion Show 2:00, 3:00, 3:38, 4:10Denver Public Library Fundraiser, 2009
13 Community of Makers http://vimeo.com/25488315 10 seconds to 46 seconds Lynne sustains this global eTextile community by filming How To Videos, contributing to Instructables, and hosting a monthly eTextile Lounge uStream: a global hacker space.
14 Sharing her knowledge Fused Fabric Water Resistant Soft Circuit Conductive Thread encased in Bias Tape
18 Mrs Mary Atkins HollMrs. Mary Atkins-Holl: an eTextile evening gown20th century eTextile evening gown for a 19th century client, Kansas City Art Museum benefactor Mrs. Mary Atkins. The illuminated gown is inspired by architect Steven Holl's Bloch Building addition to this museum. (Inspiration | Steven Holl's addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, MO USA.)May 2009 Denver, ColoradoMaterials | Angelna fiber, silk organza, 110 UV LEDs, conductive thread,Li-po power supply, lithium battery, ribbons, and embellishments.