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The Feb. 1 "Seamless" fashion show at the Boston Museum of Science will feature innovative and experimental pieces of technology-based apparel. Among the garments on display will be Alyce Santoro's "Sonic Fabric," a textile woven from 50 percent recycled, recorded audiocassette tape and 50 percent cotton. The material retains its magnetism, and pieces made from it can be "listened to" by dragging an apparatus made from a tape head along its surface. "Seamless" is part of the "When Science Meets Art" series at the museum.
Santoro says her "Sonic Fabric" textiles--woven from recycled, recorded audiocassette tape and cotton--were inspired by small strands of cassette tape used as wind indicators, or "tell-tails," on sailboats, and by Tibetan prayer flags inscribed with wind-activated blessings. Santoro is a Brooklyn-based visual and sound artist with a background in marine biology and scientific illustration.