PIFresidency: Hannah Perner-Wilson

Packpacking the Electronic Textiles Studio

1. September - 30. November 2016
Ljubljana, Slovenia

This residency is about developing a final version of the "PIFpack" – a proposal for an electronic textiles workbench packaged into a backpack. The design is inspired by observations and experiences from a week of hacking during PIFcamp 2016. The residency is carried out with weekly open studio days, a workshop and a documentation of the process in order for anyone else to hack and pack their own backpack.

PIFpack: A Wearable Electronics Lab

The modular design of the backpack will allow you to customize it to the specific needs of your practice, as well as reconfigure the contents of the backpack or the layout of the studio every time you pack and unpack it.


This work is part of A Wearable Studio Practice, which aims to package the work environment of a typical Electronic Textiles studio into a series of portable items that can be worn or carried on the body. By providing functionality normally contained in static furniture and architectural infrastructure, these items allow the e-textiles engineer to become nomadic in her practice.




Introduction and Artist Talk

DATE: 5 September, 2016 at 18:00
PLACE: Poligon Maker Lab


Open Studio Days

One day a week Hannah opens her workplace for people to come by and join the project. Making things, talking, giving input...

DATE: 8, 12 & 23 September, 2016
PLACE: Poligon Maker Lab


Workshop 1: What is Your Wearable Studio Practice?

In this one-day workshop participants come with a collection of their own tools and together with Hannah, start to think about different ways to store, arrange and access these in a wearable studio item. Participants can come back on open studio days to continue working together.

DATE: 8 September, 2016 at 18:00
PLACE: Poligon Maker Lab


Workshop 2: Build Your Personalized PIFpack

In this two-evening workshop, participants build their own simplified version of PIFpack – a bag, that transforms into a studio workspace. PIFpack is part of A Wearable Studio Practice, a collection of wearable and portable items that make it easier for makers of physical things to become nomadic in their practices.

PIFpack internal content and structure are modular so that it can be adjusted to fit a variety of different making practices. Although its main purpose was specifically developed for practices involving electronic and textile materials and tools, the modular design should allow the user to customize it to the specific needs of their own practice, as well as reconfigure the contents of the backpack or the layout of the studio every time you pack and unpack it. 

This workshop is intended for individuals who have a tool-set for their own and would like to build wearable/portable studio items to make their practice more mobile. Furthermore, the making of PIFpack will be documented and fully available online!

DATE: 27 & 28 September, 2016, 17-21:00
PLACE: Anselma, Kolodvorska ulica 6, Ljubljana
REGISTRATION: Write to delavnica [at] ljudmila.org. Please email me a few sentences about your own practice and tool-set, and if possible please also include a photo of some of the tools that you’d like to carry with you. No previous sewing experience required. Contribution for the workshop is 25 € and covers all the needed materials. Please bring your personal set of tools and gear which you'd like implement in your mobile studio.  The number of participants is limited.



The outcomes of the residency are presented in a form of a performance, details TBC.



About the artist


In her work Hannah Perner-Wilson (UK) combines conductive materials and craft techniques to develop new styles of building electronics that emphasize materiality and process. She creates working prototypes to demonstrate the kinds of electronic artifacts we might build for ourselves in a world of electronic diversity. A significant part her my work goes into documenting and disseminating my techniques so that they can be applied by others.

Since 2006 she has been collaborating with Mika Satomi, forming the collective KOBAKANT. In 2009 they published an online database titled How To Get What You Want, where they share their textile sensor designs and DIY approach to E-Textiles.
Hannah received a B.Sc. in Industrial Design from the University for Art and Industrial Design Linz and an M.Sc. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, where she was a student in the High-Low Tech research group. Her thesis work focused on developing, documenting and disseminating a Kit-of-No-Parts approach to building electronics.


Art and education programme at Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory is supported by the Slovene Ministry of Culture (in the co-production with Zavod Projekt Atol), MOL – Department for Culture and Employment Service of Slovenia.
















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