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Weaving Lighthouses and Stitching Stories: Blind and Visually Impaired People Designing E-textiles

Giles, Emilie; van der Linden, Janet and Petre, Marian (2018). Weaving Lighthouses and Stitching Stories: Blind and Visually Impaired People Designing E-textiles. In: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

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Abstract

We describe our experience of working with blind and visually impaired people to create interactive art objects that are personal to them, through a participatory making process using electronic textiles (e-textiles) and hands-on crafting techniques. The research addresses both the practical considerations about how to structure hands-on making workshops in a way which is accessible to participants of varying experience and abilities, and how effective the approach was in enabling participants to tell their own stories and feel in control of the design and making process. The results of our analysis is the offering of insights in how to run e-textile making sessions in such a way for them to be more accessible and inclusive to a wider community of participants.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 ACM
Extra Information: Originally presented at CHI'18: SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montreal, Canada, 21-26 Apr 2018.
Keywords: e-textiles; participatory making; visual impairment; crafting; creativity; touch-based interaction; story-telling
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
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Item ID: 53058
Depositing User: Emilie Giles
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 15:26
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 14:37
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53058
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