Threadsteading is a two-player territorial control game for quilting and embroidery machines, designed in collaboration with Disney Research Pittsburgh. In Threadsteading, players take on the role of rival scouting commanders tasked with exploring a map. The embroidery machine sews the physical path that players follow, and when the game ends sews the score. The winner takes home the map. Threadsteading won the Technology Award at the IndieCade Festival in 2016, and has been shown at venues including ACM CHI Interactivity, ACM SIGGRAPH Studio, and Alt.Ctrl.GDC in 2016.
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eBee is an art and research project that merges quilting, game design, and e-textiles. It investigates the opportunity for new kinds of playable and educational experiences to emerge from non-traditional technologies, and questions the role of gender in craft, game, and technology communities. In eBee, players either compete or collaborate to build circuits on a quilted game board using quilt patches that are augmented with channels of conductive fabric. eBee won the Boston Festival of Indie Games Most Innovative Tabletop Game award in 2016, and has been shown at venues including the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Indie Arcade, DiGRA Blank Arcade,...
The Quilt Design a Day (QDAD) project, started by Anne Sullivan, was a challenge to design a new quilt every day based on a provided inspiration image and color palette. The Facebook group has quickly grown to over 850 members, with an average of 10 members posting new designs every day. I have participated in QDAD since its inception, and created over 300 unique designs. Many of these designs are experimental in nature, and reflect my interests in using quilts to tell stories, visualize data, and express ideas.
Collaboration is a quilt that was designed in collaboration between myself and a piece of software I created. The software, named Foundry, procedurally generates paper piecing patterns according to parameters that can be tweaked by the user, such as number of blocks, amount of sashing between blocks, and block rotation. The resulting design was one that I would never have thought of myself, yet was created by software I wrote. The process of creating the physical quilt took several days, after a design-process that took only a few minutes of back-and-forth “negotiation” with the machine.
Women of the Periodic Table is a quilt designed for the 2014 Cambridge Science Festival’s “Central Elements” show. It showcases the five women who contributed to the discovery of elements on the periodic table: Marie Curie, Berta Karlik, Lise Meitner, Ida Noddack, and Marguerite Perey. The quilt is designed to showcase each woman’s portrait, and show them linked together in sisterhood. The geometric shapes are designed to be reminiscent of molecules, and colors map to the atomic numbers and weights of the elements each woman helped to discover. This project was done in collaboration with Maia Weinstock.