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Pop-up: Attic Windows with Leah Buechley
August 26, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm UTC+0| Free
Artist Leah Beuchley and students from Kaila Dickey’s class at Anansi Charter School will demonstrate a collaboratively constructed quilt of light.
The in-progress artwork, titled Attic Windows, is the brainchild of a local girl who grew up to become the inventor of LilyPad Arduino, an electronic module that can be programmed to create interactive garments and accessories.
Leah Buechley, born in Penasco, was a professor at MIT Media Lab for five years before moving back to New Mexico in 2015. While at MIT, she directed the High-Low Tech research group. High-Low Tech explores the integration of electronic tools with “low” technology – cultural and material elements not usually paired with science – with the goal of enabling diverse people to create their own technologies. For the PASEO, Buechley will be working with students from Nicole Miceli’s eighth grade class at Anansi Charter School. The class will construct a quilt of light using student-designed squares that will glow in response to touch.
Another local girl-turned-national-celebrity involved with The PASEO 2016 is Taos Pueblo native and fashion designer, Patricia Michaels. Buechley and Michaels will be collaborating on a PASEO 2016 event for children called Shine On! This 10-minute maker activity combines Native American design with electronic paper jewelry. Kids at the festival will create their own sparkling interactive wearable bracelet, pin, or barrette using motifs created by Patricia and playful paper-based circuits designed by Leah.
The public is invited to come to the Toolbox (107 Civic Plaza Drive) from 5:30-6:30pm on Friday August 26 to get a glimpse of what they will see at Paseo in September. They will experience the excitement of participating students and hear Leah and Patricia speak about the art and science behind the Attic Windows and Shine On! Paseo projects.