My Singing Quilt, ‘All the things you are not yet’ features a mobile phone photograph of two pre-implantation embryos digitally printed onto cotton. This fabric has been embroidered with conductive threads to make fabric speakers that play a sound file of those embryos, now 5 years old boys, singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.’ The soft circuits have been designed that the sound file is triggered when the quilt is touched. Because the speakers are made from fabric the sound has a faint, ghost like quality and you need to put your head near the quilt to hear it. This means the experience for the viewer is both interactive and intimate.
This was made with the help of the Centre for Robotics Research, Kings College London.