Embroidered Bits

September 12th, 2015 11:00 am until September 13th, 2015
Steim, Achtergracht 19, 1017WL, Amsterdam Steim, Achtergracht 19, 1017WL, Amsterdam

This two-day workshop by Afoditi Psarra is an introduction to e-textiles through the use of programmable microcontrollers, digital electronics and soft conductive materials.

DATE: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September
TIME: 11:00 – 17:00
COST: €70
REGISTER: Send an email to
tijs [at] steim [dot] nl
Maximum of 15 participants.


LOCATION: STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam

Learn to engage in hands-on prototyping, explore the process of crafting electronics on fabric while experimenting with 8-bit sound and learn how to use ATtiny85 microcontrollers to create unique sonic textiles. The workshop will focus on the combination of traditional handicrafts with DIY electronics and the juxtaposition of the fragile nature of textiles with the loud and immersive soundscape that these embroidered synthesizers can create.
One the first day of the workshop we will focus on materials and technics for creating the textile circuits and on the second day we will focus on coding the ATtiny85 microcontroller. Namely we will use the Arduino IDE and the CapSense library to create textiles reactive to touch to trigger square wave oscillators and white noise generators.
The workshop is open to everyone, no background in coding or sewing is required.


Afroditi Psarra is a multidisciplinary artist working with textiles, electronics and sound. Through her work she is interested in exploring the use of the body as an interface, contemporary handicrafts and folk tradition, pop iconography and retrofuturistic aesthetics. Her artworks include a wide variety of media and techniques that extend from embroidery, soft circuits, hacking and creative coding, to interactive installations and sound performances. Her passion with DIY synthesizers and sound synthesis was born out of her experimentation with electronics. In the last several years she has presented her work at numerous platforms such as Siggraph in Vancouver, Ars Electronica in Linz, Transmediale and CTM in Berlin, Amber in Istanbul, Piksel in Bergen, Electropixel in Nantes and MakerFaire in Rome between others. She also holds a PhD on Cyberpunk and New Media Art and the merge of science fiction ideas with performative and digital practices. She currently lives and works in Athens.