Part of what made growing up in the California Bay Area special is the abundance of creativity all around—everyday people became the performers. To continue spreading this unique flavor of joy, I create apparel to wear at events to spread smiles and spark conversations.
The top hat is made of fiber optic strands connected to 4 LEDs slowly fading between a pastel selection of colors driven by software on an Arduino board. Many parts are re-purposed; the wires came from an old DVD player, the bundles of fiber optics are held together by boba straw segments. In the dark, it looks like a twinkling galaxy of stars emanating from my imagination.