The Electric Paper Workshop aims to easing the understanding of electricity and circuit design. It utilized household tools of pencil and paper to conductive ink. This is a workshop to introduce anyone to making simple circuits out of paper and cloth. Yes, you can create interactive projects with items around your house.
The second half of the workshop, we stepped up and work with conductive ink and conductive thread. Conductive ink and thread are materials that can carry a charge. Other than the conductivity, the pens, paintbrushes and thread are manipulated like their conventional counterparts.
By the end of the workshop you will have an interactive card to take home along with new skills and knowledge you can use in your hobbies, art, teaching etc…
The participants started off a with a worksheet that they used with a HB pencil, LED and 9V battery. They make a variable resistor, a flashlight and a switch. The second part of the workshop introduced the use of Bare Conductive’s ink. The ink allows one to “paint a circuit” and light an LED with a 3v battery. The participants made pop up cards that featured a fish with and LED eye.
The electric paper workshop was run on August 10th as part of Hack the Barbican. The Barbican venue was important as the majority of its patrons are not engaged in open hardware, open source, hacking or electronic development community. The workshop was a piloting session for running a similar workshop with older people to introduce them to these “softer” electronic tools.