The aesthetics of circuits are not usually its most appealing feature, which is why they are often traditionally hidden, but with the advent of new conductive materials, it is now easier to create beautiful circuits that you can display and even wear!
In this workshop, Ana will demonstrate how to add a solar charger to your tote bag, with circuits you will draw with clever materials. We will begin with a quick lesson about circuits and exploration of different conductive materials such as - conductive thread, copper tape, and conductive ink. We will incorporate what we learned and draw our own circuitry to create our own solar-powered tote bag. We will all be creating the same bag, but there’s room for creativity, so we encourage you to come with your own ideas.
This workshop is the sixth event in our Design Talk Series. Inspired by the Year of Science at Barnard, this year's Design Talks is a series of talks and workshops by artists and designers whose practice intersects with STEAM.
Ana Mengote Baluca is a generalist industrial designer, working on using design as a tool to pursue a more equitable society. She is motivated and inspired by solving meaningful problems and has worked in different industries such as wearable technology, IoT, jewelry, furniture houseware, and wayfinding. Experimenting with and hacking materials is an important part of her process. When she’s not in her studio making jewelry, textiles, or whatever she may come up with, she teaches sophomore design students at the Pratt Institute.