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Craft Your Own Fabric Speaker


TUE. MAY 22 · 7 - 9 PM

We tend to think that the fabric we wear or sleep on or hang on our windows are quiet. But they can actually get quite noisy by adding some conductive thread and a few simple electronic components. In fact, you might find they have a lot to say and many stories to tell.

For the first part of this workshop, you will learn how to make a soft speaker out of fabrics, conductive thread, and a magnet. In the second part, you will record a story for your soft speaker to tell.

No prior knowledge required. All materials will be provided, but if you have a favorite swatch of fabric (old shirt, blanket, etc) you want to sew your speaker into, please bring it! Ages 12 and up · No cost.

This event (and Liza) come to Spark through Laboratory, a local nonprofit giving interactive artists time and space to make cool things. Visit them at

About the Instructor ·  Liza Stark is a designer, educator, eTextile practitioner, and multi-disciplinary artist based in New York whose work explores how craft, technology, and play impact how we learn as individuals and communities.

Currently, she teaches in the MFA Design + Technology program at Parsons and is a research fellow at the t.LAB in the Brooklyn Design + Fashion Accelerator at the Pratt Institute. Past adventures include leading the community team at littleBits, designing games and playful professional development at Institute of Play, and facilitating many workshops for all sorts of people on electronicseTextilesdesign, and games. Her work has been shown at the Wassaic Project, the International Symposium on Wearable Computers, NYCxDESIGN Week, Moulins Paillard, Maker Faire, Open Hardware Summit, CIANT, the Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interfaces Conference, and more.

She takes play very seriously, loves her sewing machine and soldering iron equally, and considers open knowledge sharing as important as breathing.

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