Maker-in-Residence: New Media Artist Balam Soto Facilitates Collaborative Digital Quilt Making
On Saturday, December 21, see how LED technology is integrated into the quilt squares.
Imagine quilt making with a modern twist–a collaborative project that combines fabric, LED lights and creativity to produce a unique,
communal piece of art. Award-winning new media artist Balam Soto will be the Library’s first IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) funded Maker-in-Residence, facilitating digital quilt making on five consecutive Saturdays in The Great Hall—November 23, November 30, December 7, December 14, December 21 and January 4—from noon-4 pm. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Join in on this creative project, which will integrate the traditional social aspects of quilt making with new technology. Participants will help create an interactive quilt that lights up in response to a remote control device. The project incorporates geometric shapes, LEDs and sensors embedded in fabric. The theme of the quilt will be determined through discussion.
Soto is an internationally acclaimed new media artist who combines art and technology to create interactive pieces that include video, murals and performance. He has exhibited in worldwide venues including the World Maker Faire in New York City and galleries and museums in New York, Belgium, Guatemala and many others. He has received three “Editor’s Choice” awards from New York’s World Maker Faire and the “Latino de Oro [Golden Latino] Award for Arts & Culture" in Connecticut.he has also received official Citations from the Mayor of Hartford, CT and the Governors of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In April 2008, he was honored with a Diploma of Recognition as a “Maestro,” a Master of Visual Arts, by the National Congress of Guatemala.
The Library received an IMLS grant in October for enhancing its MakerSpace, providing more hands-on, innovative learning experiences.