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Rebecca Mushtare Story Quilt, 2012 Software, 3.5 Square Quilt, sewing notions, laser cut sewing machine, microphone, pedal and projector


Rebecca Mushtare sews sound to image in her interactive “Story Quilt,” where your voice transforms into a digital quilt projection. Quilts are traditionally regarded as narratives; here the quilter is a piece of software, which interprets measurable components of the participant’s oral story. The software then uses that information to choose fabric colors, the level of detail of the quilt, the pattern to be used, and the scale. Participants are invited to sit at the StoryQuilter (the sewing machine) and tell it a story. The more the participant “gives” the StoryQuilter vocally, the more the StoryQuilter will put into the participant’s quilt. Once the participant fin- ishes her story, the StoryQuilter will generate a personalized quilt projection, onto a quilted screen, based on the participant’s story.


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Bio Rebecca Mushtare is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Oswego in the Art Department where she teaches courses in web design, in- teractive media and digital media. Mushtare is particularly interested in addressing social issues/concerns in creative contexts. Her current research interests include gender and technology, STEM to STEAM, design for social change, designing experiences to encourage civic engagement, and designing interactive digital experiences optimized for aging and differently-abled user popula- tions. Recently her work has been included in exhibitions at HERE Art Center (NYC), Rockland Center for the Arts (West Nyack, NY), Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, NY), Lapham Gallery (Glens Falls, NY), Arlington


Arts Center (Arlington, VA), and Buckham Gallery (Flint, MI). Mushtare earned her BFA in Graphic Design from SUNY Oswego and her MFA in Computer Art from Syracuse University.


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