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Paper Circuits: Week 2

In Class

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  • materials used
    • paper
    • conductive tape
    • LEDs
    • Scissors
  • problems encountered
    • I learned that different LED colors have different power draws and so if you have two different colors and not enough power, one may not light up.
  • brief description
    • It’s a little ghost!

Illustration project

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig. Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic.No rhetoric, no tremolos,no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. And of course, no theology, no metaphysics. Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling,on tiptoes and no luggage,not even a sponge bag, completely unencumbered.”

― Aldous Huxley, Island

I adore the book Island by Aldous Huxley. I chose this quote because I though there was something clever about using a quote about living ‘lightly’ in a project with LEDs.


Printed Cardstock


Cutting and gluing the paper to some foam core board.img_2008 img_2009

I made two of these parallel circuits with Chibitronics LED stickers. I carved out a place to enclose the battery and assembled the object, tying it together with a rubber band.

Week 2 : Sublime Light – Sofia Aronov

Two fishes are fascinated by a shiny course in the sky.

When the user’s hand gets closer to the sensor (distance or light sensor) a light on the back of the frame, much stronger, turns on more and more intense, backlighting the shape of a huge abyss monster predator who was generating the shiny source itself.

The small light is connected to a battery with copper tape after a failed attempt to connect it through conductive thread through the 3 juxtaposed plastic sheets that support the paper components of the abyss monster. This attempt necessary to hide the circuit through the shape and the patterns of the fish itself.


Week 2. Assignment_Illustration Project -Misung


‘No one in his family thought of giving him a hug.’
I chose a sentence from ‘Hug me’ by Simona Ciraolo.

It’s the story of the universal need for affection and friendship. I decided to give him a hug(touch).

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This is my sketch.

I imagined that the little cactus has a heart like a human. When it’s touched or pressed, the cactus react to it presenting its delight (by turning lightings on).
I tried to make a parallel circuit using only two lines, and linked each side of LED node with a line of copper tape passing through the cactus.

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Since copper tape lines looked messy, I decided to hide them and the battery as well. So I overlapped the bottom of cut outs and also for hiding LED nodes, I covered them with paper flowers.

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Hug->Delight = Touch->Lights on


Week 2: Crafting a Path

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