NOTE: Lights and soundscape are still to be finalised. I'm still waiting for my final string lights to arrive in the mail, and soundscapes are still in draft format.
Weaving the touch sensor that will be wrapped around the tree trunk of Heartree.
As the Heartree installation is based in the Weaving section of A Maker's Trail, I wanted to the central sensor to have a weaving component. So I decided to follow this tutorial on how to weave baskets from scratch using paper raffia, but adapted it to create a woven mat with paper raffia and coloured twine.
I then wove in string lights to visually animate the heart beat of The Land Before soundscape.
The end result is a physical woven sensor that is portable and can be attached to any tree.
- It was interesting to go back to a craft way of working and using my hands to make something physical (and not on a computer screen).
- The act of weaving can be incredibly meditative, as you repeat the same action over and over again.
- It can also cause repetitive strain injury - a note to myself to take breaks. Weaving for 6 hours straight isn't the smartest thing to do.
- The concept of "measure twice, cut once" cannot be more important when working with physical materials, as there is no undo button.
- When working on a physical installation, so much consideration is needed in regards to how you are going to wire things up. Planning is essential.
- Working on something physical can be quite rewarding, as you have a tangible product at the end of the process.