About the Piece:
Beth designed, patterned, and made this cow head leather jacket. She assembled, coded, and incorporated electronics into the jacket. Separated aluminum layers lining the jacket conduct electricity when touched, signaling the built-in Arduino, breakout board, op-amps, and speakers to "Moo!" like a cow. The intensity of the cow's anger is based on how hard the jacket is pressed.
This jacket is a visceral reminder of where our leather comes from.
About the Collection:
Beth wonders why it is that we are comfortable wearing cow, but uncomfortable wearing other materials like hot glue, chia, and crystal. She manipulates the materials that we are comfortable in, and tames the ones we are not. Is there an optimum level of familiarity with a material for our comfort level? If we are not at all familiar with a material we are uncomfortable wearing it, and if we know too much about a material we are also uncomfortable wearing it. We reside in that happy medium between no familiarity and uber-familiarity by readily adopting the norms around us, rejecting the unfamiliar, and not asking questions.
Process photos : Dickson Chow (http://dicksonchow.com/)