Featured Video Play Icon Alison Lewis —Presence of Heart (The Heartbeat Dress) Fiber-optic fabric with hand dyed silk detachable over layer and 28 LEDs synced a heart rate sensor ∕ MFA Design and Technology ’04
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The Heartbeat Dress, also called "Presence of Heart" by Alison Lewis explores the complex relationship between technology, intimacy, and personal data. It is made up of a fiber-optic fabric illuminated under garment with hand dyed silk detachable over layer. It's 28 LEDs are synced to a heart rate sensor creating a real time display of the heartbeat through cascading rhythms of light.

My work is between the interactions of technology and design with a focus on how data and devices can create and expand upon or augment moments of vulnerably, courtship, and human emotion.

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