Paper-Based Electronics for Creative Expression


Dates: Saturday & Sunday, August 4-5
Times: 10am – 4pm
Course Length: 12 hours
Cost: $20/instruction hour, $240 total, $216 for GAFFTA Members
Location: GAFFTA, 923 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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*Materials fee: $15 included with purchase


Come learn materials and techniques for integrating electronics with the paper medium to create expressive and interactive artworks. The workshops will cover techniques from designing paper switches and sensor to control LED lights, to using pre-programmed microcontrollers for more advanced sensing and output.

Day 1: paper switches, LEDs and basic pre-programmed microcontrollers
Day 2: pre-programmed microcontrollers continued using advanced sensing

Check out some examples here:
Electronic pop-up book
Interactive light painting

Jie Qi


Jie Qi is a graduate student in the High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab. Her current research investigates materials, techniques and processes for blending electronics and computation with paper as a new medium for creating expressive and personally meaningful technology. Jie holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and has worked in electronics design and fabrication at Eyebeam Art and Technology center.

Natalie Freed


Natalie Freed is a recent graduate of the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, where she worked on plush robots to help preschoolers learn a second language. She is currently working on “emotionally supportive” technologies embedded into furniture and other homey objects. Natalie loves the intersection of craft and technology because it allows her to prototype new ideas using enjoyable materials and processes, and is excited about enabling others to do so as well. She has helped facilitate several summer e-textiles workshops at UC Berkeleyʼs CNMAT, and has consulted in electronics prototyping.