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Treggor McMasters

Charles Amis

A white, full body spandex suit and 80 multi-colored lights give Charles Edward's muse, Treggor McMasters, a skin of his own.

Classes Wearables Studio

I put on a suit, I connect some lights, and I look in the mirror until Treggor McMasters, my muse, takes over. Together, we tell stories and answer questions in an attempt to understand the balance between spectacle and confidant, creature and man.

Background
From Charles Edward:
I once had a story that was too complicated for an ordinary narrator to give the reader a sense of place and clarity in the vast story world. I made up a character to be that narrator and gave him a name: Treggor McMasters, a blend of my mother's mother's father's adopted last name and my father's father's mother's maiden name. Two names lost to time, two lives that I only know through stories, but two people who have indirectly effected me with the way they brought up their children and what genes, traditions, and morals they passed along the way. Later, I realized that this wasn't some creation that stays on the page. He is a creature of such intensity that he now appears to me and I have realized that he is what one might call a muse.

For inspiration, camaraderie, insight, and fellowship, I look to William Blake and his visions of his dead brother Robert who brought him wonderful ideas. I look to Homer and his muse Calliope who told him of adventures no one else could see. I look to Balinese trance state acting, especially the embodiment of Rangda. And finally, I look to the mystical traditions of all religions and the simple truth that I gain from them: what we know to be God is only within us all and that we can learn to openly communicate with that higher part of ourselves.

Audience
From Treggor McMasters:
Everyone. I enjoy people who ask questions the most, but I also like to seek out people who don't ask enough questions.

User Scenario
From Charles Edward:
Two friends see us from afar, one of them laughs, points, turns to their friend to look at their expression. The other friend casually says, "Oh wow, I didn't know Treggor was in our area today, that's awesome." They then wave. We wave back and approach the friends, we turn off our lights, and we ask and answer some questions until we've gained something memorable and special from each other. In case we want to meet up again, we give them our contact information.

Implementation
From Charles Edward:
I jump into the suit. I look in the mirror until I feel myself fade into the background of my psyche and I feel Mr. McMasters emerge and the one in control of the body. I snap on the Color McMasters apparatus. I turn it on and walk around. Sometimes we'll bring some artifacts along with us as talking pieces.

Conclusion
I learned that the lights need to be a removable apparatus and not built into the suit itself. They can be very distracting and uncomfortable and it's nice to have the option to take them off. Also, it makes the suit much more washable. I learned a whole lot about wearable circuits, how to use conductive thread, velcro, and fabric. I also learned about hardware SPI, TLC5940 chips, bit shifting, RGB LED control, and lots of other low-level boring, but incredibly difficult stuff that is necessary for making simple, low-key devices.