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Petal Pusher is an interactive textile and light installation
that explores the hidden electrical and transmissive properties
of textiles. Each pattern is machine embroidered on DesignTex wool
felt and hand tufted with electronic yarns. When viewers touch the
tufted, electronic textile sensor area of each pattern, the felt
and embroidered yarns are illuminated from behind, revealing the
light transmissive properties of the textile. Color variation and
reflection change as viewers illuminate different panels at four
different light levels. Forty-nine unique patterns - all derived
from a single motif - are available, in numerous configurations.
Each pattern is limited to an edition of twelve.
Each patented, electronic textile sensor is made of yarn twisted
with fine metal fibers that are charged with a small, harmless amount
of electricity. Your body is a big bag of electrically conductive
salt water. Touching the tufted sensors allows the electrical charge
to flow from the yarn, through your body, to ground. Circuitry detects
this change in charge and sends an electrical signal to brighten
and dim the lights.
Media: DesignTex wool felt, machine embroidered rayon yarns, hand
tufted conductive yarns, acrylic, lamp and electrical parts. Individual
units: 11"w x 11"h x 5"d.
Download the Pattern
and Variation Guide [PDF]
Petal Pusher is currently available for purchase. Each unit
is US$450. Please contact IFM