Aerial and Movement Art on the Web 2

Aerial and Movement Art on the Web
I promised more and for once I will deliver. This post will only contain art with aerial silks as the subject matter. The next post may be a bit more of a mixed bag.


Alessandra Pisarro is an oil painter who does a wide variety of subjects mystical and majestic. She has done artwork for fantasy games.



This image was uploaded to pinterest by Ivanice Stempozeckas but she did not name the artist. The signature looks to me like it says Juanice. Perhaps someone will know who the artist is.


Lhox on Deviantart was commissioned to do this lovely piece by an aerialist. Medium is gouache on watercolour paper.



Danae Basurto is a pinner and aerialist with a pin board full of beautiful circus art many of which are her own pieces.



tatjahnah on deviantart did this acrylic on canvas piece of an aerial artist part of a troupe called the Slavic Sisters.


Olga Motyreva is an aerialist in Moscow who is also an instagrammer with the handle flying_iris. She posts many crafts, beading and embroidery, and occasionally fun aerial art.



This breathtaking surrealist photo-manipulation is one of several by Japanese artist KIYO MURAKAMI. Aerialists are one of many subject matters for this artist and everything she does is amazing.Enter a caption


Unfortunately, another image without attribution! It is amazingly lovely photo manipulation.


To end this post, I will mention another blog post about aerial art over at Vertical Wise that has the above work (Stephanie Pui-Mun Law – Dreamdance Oracle The Precipice) and more!



Aerial and Movement Art on the Web

My name is Melanie and I am a pin-a-holic- it is true.  I have 17,009 pins as of today. Ridiculous right… not everyone wants to use pinterest like me, so I am freeing some of my bounty here. First, this collection of art I have found depicting aerial arts, flow art, movement art, dance… There are 269 pins total so I will just do a few at a time… we’ll start with some instagrammers.
Screen Shot 2017-06-03 at 4.09.38 PMScreen Shot 2017-06-03 at 4.13.56 PM.pngEmilyj_74 Emily Jane has versatile style that never fails to create pieces that exude dynamism.
Screen Shot 2017-06-03 at 4.18.04 PM.pngyume_88_art uses ink to create pieces on a variety of subject matter, this is her only piece with an aerial artist as the subject. The subject is instagrammer persephoneaerialarts It is very lovely!


Screen Shot 2017-06-03 at 4.22.16 PMMaria Davydova is a Russian artist and herself an aerial dancer. She has a lifestyle instagram of lovely photos.


Screen Shot 2017-06-03 at 4.27.55 PM.pngCaitland3 is an aerial dancer who sells wares society6. She watercolors a variety of subjects, which share the infrared-like watercoloring flourished with splatters, and I love this one of an aerial dancer!


Screen Shot 2017-06-03 at 4.35.53 PM.pngShe_collections_art pieces seem to radiate with heat. It is a fun instagram account because she shows her pieces in progress.


Screen Shot 2017-06-03 at 4.42.07 PMScreen Shot 2017-06-03 at 4.48.15 PM.pngGillian Maurer is a visionary artist with surrealist and imaginative pieces on a variety of subjects. Although these are pencil, she uses a variety of mediums. She is also an aerialist herself.


Screen Shot 2017-06-03 at 4.54.38 PMScreen Shot 2017-06-03 at 5.03.45 PM.pngAcroarno_rudaan is a prolific creator of mixed media/digital collage pieces with himself, a strong and expressive aerial dancer, as the subject.

Until next time~

Two strands functional


I have successfully created two sections of LED strip out of the total nine sections of strip required. So as to not get overwhelmed my plan is one strand soldered daily. I hooked up the mic and tried to get some “sound-reactive” code to work, but it did not. I may have to end up doing way more work than I expected to get the level of sound reaction I desire. Oh well, if by the beach trip I just have funky lights thats OK.

Prototyped it

This weekend, I did not accomplish too much. I had a bit of an emotional Saturday. Um, a private matter from which I recovered by Sunday. On Sunday, I successfully prototyped the circuit to power and control ~ 1m of Neopixel Strip using the Gemma microcontroller and printed an enclosure to protect the Gemma.

I did this the usual way of uploading via putting test code in a new sketch with the arduino app and uploading it from the computer that way. Later I messed around a little with my Flora microcontroller, though I didn’t get too far, I found out there is a neat service called Codebender. This seems promising when it comes to sharing my project with the world.

I’m a little short on time, so as there doesn’t seem to be a smooth integration between my Instagram content and wordpress, I’m going to have to refer your video needs to said platform, just click the image below.  You can hear the Replicator 2 printing away in the background. :3


So, I’m a little conflicted on this part because, Ben seems to think breaking the neopixel into 1 m sections is probably not necessary. Which would mean, maybe I should only cut 2 m sections?  Yet, the documentation says there will be discoloration and I would like to minimize it, and the recommendation is to power it in branches? But that’s the next step I guess, is to get two LED strips powered in parallel. I might just do 2m first to see how it looks. If it looks good, I’ll just make something else light up with the 1m strip I cut to test.

EDIT (3/31): I totally know how I’m going to do this now. I am going to break it into the 1 m sections, and I was completely overthinking how to get it to happen.

I also did do a squat workout test of Athos, but I’m trying to figure out the best way to provide that information here. You can “Share” your workout using the Athos app, but thus far I am not terribly impressed with the information detail that provides. I probably will need to get some sort of screen capture tool on the Ipod and maybe it has the wordpress app.

Notes on Rig Build

Suspendulum rig is nine 8 ft (2.5m) steel tubes in three foot assemblies.
Each foot assembly is 24 ft (~ 7.5m) long.
NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip – White 30 LED have 30 digitally-addressable pixel LEDs per meter. The voltage drop starts to decrease the color after about 1 m, so I will need to deliver the power in branches. Each foot gets 1 x 5V 10 A Switching Power Supply.  There will be 6 strips of 1m per leg (2/steel tube), so each power supply has to power 180 pixels and this project has 540 LEDs total. A little more than what could be run on an Arduino Uno, but I’ll be using the megaA 1000 microFarad capacitor  and 200 ohm resistor will protect the LEDstrips.


All of the ground pins among the strips connected in common, but the +5V from each power supply will be connected to a single length of NeoPixels (to prevent back-feeding).The Neopixels need a 1000 micro-Farad capacitor and a resistor for each power supply. Whoops, turns out I also need this logic level shifter because Gemma is 3.3V.

Likely power draw: 180 NeoPixels × 20 mA ÷ 1,000 = 3.6 Amps minimum
Max possible power draw (all LEDs white): 180 NeoPixels × 60 mA ÷ 1,000 = 10.8 Amps minimum.
I can probably limit this in the software, make sure it always draws < 10 A.


Gemma microcontroller is adhesively fixed to a magnetic pin back, which will keep it affixed to one of the rig feet when in use. Below I have a picture of the microcontroller magnetically clipped on a scarf.

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I plan to print Gemma an enclosure. It has a Attiny85 processor which will be programmed by the aforementioned Arduino mega (IDE set up). Gemma is not compatible with Linux by the way, but fortunately I have a Mac I can use. I will need to do any debugging using the flora, since there is no serial communication from gemma to the computer.  It has 3 I/O pins. It will be connected to a mic sensor (which has been out of stock 😦 ) as depicted below.


This and this is what I need to read tomorrow. The more complicated I want my sound reactions, it may come to the point that I’ll have to read this.

I’m planning on using self gripping velcro ties to attach the LED strips to the rig. This step would be done during set up. Each pole gets two strips.


Light it up, aerial silks projects

Gee golly, am I excited about the rise of wearable tech. Today, I’m about to make some purchases on Adafruit for my new upcoming rig decor and wearable project!

Music-reactive light up Aerial Rig

I take my rig to a lot of rave-friendly spaces. My silks happen to be glow reactive. The next level up is to have a light up rig, am I right?

For that I’m getting Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip. I have the Suspendulum aerial rig. To get to its approx 20 ft height, it has 9 x 8ft steel tubes. So I need about, just to be safe 72 feet (22 m) of the stuff. They come in 4 m reels, so I’m just going to round up to 24. I’m going to set up these strips to be sound reactive, and I expect it’ll put on quite a show! For that show to go on, I’m going to have to select some electrical components. A similar project to mine is this Sound-reactive drum set project. So I’ll be following their example, purchasing similar electronics and the microcontroller Gemma.

Drop-reactive light up aerial costume

We don’t want the rig stealing all the attention, so if we’re going to have it lit up, we need a lit up dancer, too. This is trickier than your common wearable scenario for the reason that an aerialist’s body at various points undergoes quite a bit of stress from contact with the silk, we have the bruises to prove it. So the positioning of the electronics must be such that they do not crush and break under this stress, or cause any sort of pain to the aerialist, or tear the silks fabric. The head is probably one of the most protected areas, so I plan to store what electronics I can in some sort of headpiece. Although there are many moves where we press the silk between our boobs, I think the boob area is another place where I will safely be able to embellish closer to the skin. In other areas, in order for there to be some give, I’m planning to add it in ruffles, to make a tiny ruffly-like skirt, following the lead of the project Fiber Optic Pixie Skirt.

Like in their project, the LED fun will be provided by their Pixie – the 3W Chainable LED Pixel and controlled by the  Flora Sensor Pack. In addition to the flora microcontroller, I’ll be getting  FLORA Color Sensor (TCS34725)FLORA Accelerometer/Compass (LSM303), and FLORA Lux Sensor (TSL2561). The accelerometer will be the one I will use in this garment, to detect and light up according to aerialist movement! I particularly like their choice of fiber optics- “SideGlow cable is a safe alternative to neon. It can change colors’ is virtually unbreakable and is energy efficient.”[emphasis mine].

I almost feel guilty that it has been made so easy for me. But I’m sure I’ll come across some challenges along the way. It’s going to cost under, but probably around, 500 bucks.

Sorry for no update yet on the Athos series. Tonight, I’m actually going to a workshop for Partner aerial silks, and I’m probably not going to wear my sensor pants there, as fun as it would be. I haven’t washed them, and if I’m going to be close to other people I have to smell nice! But expect something to come next week on that.