Jacket Antics

Barbara Layne/Studio subTela

Jacket Antics feature unique texts and designs scrolling through the LED array on each of the backs. Traditional black linen yarns are hand woven alongside light emitting diodes, microcontrollers and sensors. When the wearers hold hands, the LED arrays presents a third, synchronous message that scrolls from one to the other, presenting a new pattern of communication. When the wearers release hands, the message reverts back to the individual themes. The capacity for interactivity in the animated cloth displays extend the narrative qualities of cloth and provide new possibilities for dynamic social interaction.