smart textiles - total geek out

So I have this residency in the heart of St. Louis' tech start up corridor.  I am investigating 3d printer use for within my art, but then my brain does what it always does and starts dreaming and scheming.  Have you heard of LED Fairy Lites Thread? Look at these products from


The great part is that the residency comes with a fully loaded Maker Space. I am the proverbial Kid in a Candy Shop.  To read a good review of the many smart textile tech applications, read this article from My initial inspiration came from this post on Instructables.  It is super simple.  I need to try making one and see what else I can do. Instead of a cowl, I am thinking of a hat as that would make me more visible while walking at night with my dogs.

ArtPrize 8

All photos taken by Larry Sanders.  Work dates from 2009 - 2016.

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas

ArtPrize 8 will mark my third time participating in this international competition.  I will be exhibiting work built over the past 4 years.  Mikros is my visualization of what I tend to think of as the good guys vs the bad guys.  How is it that something as microscopic as pollen can cause so much misery on a seasonal basis? And what is with those leucocytes / white blood cells. One day they are attacking and fighting off influenza and the next day they become a rogue army attacking my joints, in a disease known as rheumatoid arthritis.  It frustrates and yet fascinates me that I'm am controlled by the microscopic.  

My work will be in a group show at Western Michigan University- Grand Rapids.  It will open on 9/21, but close 10/21, several weeks after the rest of ArtPrize closes.   

Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids
200 Ionia Ave SW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503