Installations: Wearable Media: Future Textile Library, through December

Come experience the following installations and partake in workshops and talks offered by the artists, as we celebrate their work.

  • Wearable Media: Future Textile Library, through December


  • Curious about the ways that science, technology, fashion, and design relate? How a garment can visualize the history of dramatic change in global temperature, or re-interpret asteroids near planet Earth? What creative clothing says about our beliefs, society, world, humanity, and why textiles offer a unique place in teaching and learning, with a view to the future?

    Wearable Media is a service platform, providing e-textile technologies to fashion communities looking to develop high tech fashion products. At the intersection of textile, apparel and electronic design is the evolving meaning of garment design. The team encompasses high aestheticism and innovative thinking, as well as branding, custom hardware and software development, and fashion design -- forging pathways in making Wearable Media possible.

    Yuchen Zhang is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wearable Media. She started her career as a branding designer at Red Antler in 2010. With years of experience in consulting start-ups in branding and design, she understands the challenges and excitement of creating a new brand. Yuchen went to the Parsons School of Design for her Masters in Fine Arts in Design and Technology in pursuing her own technology company. After graduation, she started working in the field of fashion technology as a consultant with companies including Google and Loomia. She also was a research fellow at MIT Open Style lab and Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator.

    Jingwen Zhu is the CTO and Co-Founder of Wearable Media. She has worked as an interaction designer, creative technologist, and educator. Jingwen’s designs engages her audience with mind-opening interactions. The techniques she creates combine traditional crafts with innovative technologies. The topics of her work include creative communication, personalized design and expressive textiles. Since completing her Masters degree at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Jingwen has been working and teaching in IoT (Internet of Things), fashion technology, and hardware development.

    Hellyn Teng is the Creative Director and Co-Founder of Wearable Media. Her background is in fashion technology, web development, and sound art. Her interest, joy, and passion are in realizing concepts through uncommon media, utilizing computational fashion, sound, physical computing and creative coding, as mediums for exploration and how they can coalesce. Hellyn completed her Masters degree at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Previously she has worked as a fashion designer, and currently as a web developer and consultant in fashion technology and interactive design.

    Pertinent Dates:

    • Opening Reception: Friday, 10/20, 6:30-8pm

    • Workshop 1: Introduction to Wearables, Friday, 10/27, 4-5:30pm

    • Artist Panel: Friday, 10/27, 6-7pm

    • Workshop 2: Connecting Data, Friday, 11/10, 4-5:30pm

    • Workshop 3: Kinetic Textiles, Friday, 12/1, 4-5:30pm


    Please rsvp (Logan@tc.columbia.edu) with your interest, indicating which event(s) you'd like to attend.

    Where: Second Floor
    When: mid October through December

  • Keepsake, through December


  • Keepsake is an interactive installation by Clara Santamaria and Jonathan Sparks that evokes the way memories are recalled in the brain. The artists were inspired by how our brains remember and learn--and by the fact that, when we recall something, we literally light a path in our brains. Keepsake represents a neural network through movement of light in the web-like sculpture.

    The structure, which spans the hallway, was influenced by the look and feel of neurons. It comprises 400+ linear feet of acrylic tubes, each with programmable LED lights. The buttons, when pressed, trigger a memory and light up the path in the brain.

    Clara Santamaria is an artist and designer, originally from Colombia. Jonathan Sparks is an artist and musician from Connecticut. Both artists are graduates from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU and are based in Brooklyn, New York.

    Where: Offit Gallery, Third Floor
    When: September through December


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