Interview with Syuzi Pakchyan on Fashioning Technology

I met Syuzi Pakchyan at the 2006 Maker Faire in San Francisco. At that at time, Syuzi had just finished her thesis titled "SparkLab" where she was exploring the intersection between culture, technology and craft. She was doing a workshop where crafters made light up bracelets with conductive thread and snaps. Of course, we hit it off right away and we had a wonderful interview which never made it to Switch because of a microphone malfunction.

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How-to: Get Pretty

I've learned much of my makeup know-how as a result of these great
how-to videos that are all over the internet. From the simple smokey-eye to this sublime Kylie Minogue look, check 'em out to learn how to upgrade your look.

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OMG! Switch-Craft is Featured on "I'm Not Obsessed"

I am giddy with pride because today Switch-Craft is featured on the magical celebrity gossip site, imnotobsessed.com. I'm Not Obsessed is giving the book away in a two-day contest, register now and win a free copy of Switch Craft!

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Moonlit Holiday

This holiday season give the gift of light with the Moonlit Flower.
This sparkling project is kindly shared with us by Korean designer Ji
Sun Lee who created Tech D.I.Y.,a place where Moms and Kids Make and Learn Together. If you love this
project, be sure to sample the other fun D.I.Y.’ s like the Christmas
Tree or the Super IPod at http://techdiy.blogspot.com.

 

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Pimp My Heart - B*TCH

Sweet child o' mine, I am loving this pimped out heart necklace by T A K E H I T O / E T A N I

Takehito says the necklace is designed "to amplify the heartbeat of a car driver in real time through an interface with a beefed up car audio aftermarket system. The intervention/invention achieves an ultimate unity between car and driver.

Link Via: http://www.takehitoetani.com/hbbb.html

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"Femme Fashion Tech" by Alison Lewis

Alison Lewis from IHeartSwitch publishes "Femme Fashion Tech," which discusses the draw of women to the fashionable technology world. The article can be found in this issue of ANAT's (Australian Network for Art and Technology) Filter magazine entitled CODING CLOTH.

The CODING CLOTH issue delves into the topics of textiles and electronics and dares to ask, 'what is the future of wearable technologies'? The journal is part of a larger exhibition of interactive textiles on display at ANAT called Coded Cloth, New Media Textile.

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Communicating Concrete

When doing a search for color changing inks on the web, I found this beautiful image displaying concrete from http://www.chromastone.com. The concrete is made of heating elements and thermochromic inks to allow graphics, words and numbers to be displayed.

Link Via: http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2004/12/chronos-chromos.php

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Stay warm and keep in touch by iPod proofing your gloves this winter.

After our easy step-by-step DIY, you'll turn heads and turn up the tunes without one finger hitting the cold again. Take it from me, this is the easiest, cheapest, and coolest DIY project you can do for the Holidays! Make them for yourself, or they are a great gift for any of your hi-tech friends. We promise not to tell them how easy it was.


Photo by Heather Weston for Switch Craft 

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Press: Switch Craft gets noticed online!

We are happy to say that Switch Craft is getting some good press online. Check out some of our favorite blogs and their views of Switch craft:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch's fashion editor is giving away the book on her blog: http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/debs-style-file//debs-style-file/2008/1...

Advice Sisters: http://www.advicesisters.net/advicesistersblog.html

talk2myShirt blog: http://www.talk2myshirt.com/blog/archives/523

Syuzi's blog: http://www.fashioningtech.com/profiles/blogs/book-review-switch-craft

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Bubble gum pink keyboard is bad for blondes

I got an email forwarding a link to this silly bubble gum pink Keyboard for Dumb Blondes designed by blonde, Samantha Dubin. The totally kitch and somewhat funny keyboard has keys that say things like "Ooops!" for the Delete Key and "The Big One" for the Space Bar. I like the number keys, it shows some flair and it is obvious that the designer was having some fun. I can take a joke, and at first glance found this funny.

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