Inspired by our northern Canadian landscape, and the common fascination with the night sky “True North” explores the human relationship to the earth, magnetic fields, and Canadian climate in a delicately visual way. “True North” is a 2-piece garment; the top portion will be composed of boning made from fiber-optic tubing, woven within into a delicate structure. Powered by high-bright LEDs this top portion circles through a variety of colours emulating the northern lights. The accompanying floor-length skirt houses a layer of patterned LEDs. This skirt is connected to a microcontroller and an accelerometer sensor. When the wearer is facing north the front skirt panel will light up and as the wearer turns away from the north the light strip will fade with a delay. Visually the skirt is completely lit up followed by a sequenced panel slow fade as the wearer turns.
Collaborators: Stacey Morgan, Sophie Amin