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Saturday Seminar: Conductive Cloth and Electrical Textiles

Sat, Nov 17, 2018

In this exciting workshop, MAD artist-in-residence Victoria Manganiello will guide visitors in decorating and printing tote bags using LED lights and electrical-conductive threads and paints. In addition to learning a new skill, participants will leave with a series of references, inspirations, and materials for continued experimentation. 

This Saturday Seminar is inspired by Manganiello’s current project, Computer 1.0, a coded, kinetic textile handwoven by the artist. Manganiello’s work, in turn, is influenced by the incorporation of the computer into weaving with the invention of the jacquard loom at the turn of the 19th century.

Batteries, paints, and LEDs will be available for play and experimentation. Participants may purchase a tote bag from MAD for $4, or bring their own bags from home.

About the Artist

Victoria Manganiello is an installation and mixed-media artist based in Brooklyn. Exploring the intersections between materiality, technology, geography, and storytelling, she meticulously makes installations, abstract paintings, and performances with handwoven textiles, using hand-spun yarn and hand-mixed natural and synthetic dyes. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, at venues including the Queens Museum, Tang Museum, Pioneer Works, and Sara Kay Gallery. A current artist-in-residence at the Museum of Arts and Design, Manganiello is an adjunct professor at New York University and Parsons School of Design. 

MAD’s Artist Studios Program issupported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. Principal support for the MAD Fellowship program is provided by Marcia Docter. This Saturday Seminar was supported by a generous donation of materials by Bare Conductive.


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