Digital Arts & Creative Technology

Build an Infrared Detector Circuit

Hosted by Gemma Latham

Come along to learn how the PatternCraft punchcard reader works by creating your very own infrared detector circuit, combining coding, making and tech, powered by PatternCraft.

Inspired by textile and computing heritage, PatternCraft is a make-it-yourself analogue to digital punchcard reader.

In this interactive workshop you’ll have fun learning basic coding and circuits!

This is a drop in session 10am-12 noon / 1pm-3pm – no need to book and sessions are free to attend and suitable for all of the family


Delivered by Gemma May Latham 

About the Artist

An artist and maker, Gemma is interested in the relationships between textiles and coding. Having started to learn to code in 2012, Gemma endeavors to develop accessible methods for understanding code and computing theory.

Gemma will be delivering a range of workshops across the SHIFT programme. She says: “For me, making and crafting is about the physical experience of touch and the connection between maker and material. It’s a process and an experience and through my work I seek to capture a sense of flow and to lose myself in ‘creative activity’.

Making is central to what I do as a participatory artist, it is how I think and how I communicate. However, I don’t often make or produce finished hand crafted items, instead I create interventions and installations exploring traditional craft skills. I embrace processes that are intrinsically slow, creating a calming effect that allows time to connect with both process and material. The process of making and this experience is far more important to me than any physical outcome.

I believe that everyone should be able to experience the positive effects of digital craft processes both as a viewer and as a maker. The passing on of skills is important but the wellbeing benefits should be accessible to all no matter the skill level. I’m not a solitary maker. I prefer making with others either as active participants or as observers. I find that making in public drives the making process. It opens up conversations and facilitates connections to people, spaces and objects both for me and for those taking part.”

Find out more about Gemma’s work on PatternCraft  and her other projects on her website.