Photo by Juan Pena

Photo by Juan Pena

GellaCraft is a collection of projects, tutorials, and ideas by Angela Sheehan.

Angela is an artist and educator passionate about craft electronics, costuming, and combining arts and technology. She has been working with e-textiles and wearables since 2005, when she discovered physical computing as an expressive way to prototype with electronics while studying at Bennington College.

From 2009 - 2013 she maintained Soft Circuit Saturdays, which documented her continuing work in e-textiles and teaching throughout New England and Maker Faires before moving to Boulder, Colorado to join the SparkFun Education team. 

Angela is currently a product manager and e-textile education specialist at SparkFun Electronics, where she leads development on the LilyPad sewable electronics product line and creates supporting documentation and content for SparkFun's educational products.

Through her career as an independent artist and working at SparkFun, Angela has helped facilitate over 90 e-textile and e-craft workshops, including sessions at SXSW InteractiveFashion Institute of TechnologyWEAR (Smart Fabrics), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and  International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

She has worked with organizations including PBS SciGirls, iDTech Camps, Society for Women Engineers Rocky Mountain Section, Women Who Code Boulder/Denver, and Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Talks and Presentations:


2018 "Costume Hacking: Intro to Sewable Electronics for Accessories and Apparel" Denver Comic Con, Denver, CO

2018 “Intro to Sewable Circuits: Teaching Electronics Through Arts and Crafts ” ISTE Conference, Chicago, IL


2018 "Insta-Hue Heels: Bluetooth Controlled Color Changing Shoes" Bay Area Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA

2018 "Getting Started with Sewable Electronics" Bay Area Maker Faire, San Mateo CA

2018 “Design x Tech: DIY Wearable Electronics” SXSW Interactive, Austin, TX

2018 “Sewable Electronics for Accessories and Apparel” WhimsyCon, Denver, CO

2017 “E-Textiles and the Maker Student ISTE Conference, San Antonio, TX

2016 "Prototyping Wireless Wearables with LilyPad Simblee" WEAR Conference, Boston, MA

2016 “E-Textiles and the Maker Student WEAR Conference, Boston, MA

2015 "Circuit Scribe: Joining Art and Science with Conductive Gel Pens" co-presented with Brian Huang, NSTA Conference, Chicago, IL

2015 "Exploring E-Textiles - Costuming with Electronics" Colorado Creative Careers Festival, Denver, CO

2014 “Girls and Emerging Technology panelist, VT Dept of Libraries E21 Conference, Burlington, VT

2014 “LilyPad and Sewable Circuits” co-presented with Kathy Lane of BPL, CALCON, Loveland, CO

2012 “Soft Circuits & Hula Hoops Bay Area Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA

2011 “Getting Started w/ Soft Circuits Bay Area Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA

2010 “Live Free & DIY: Connect w/ the Online Maker CommunityPodCampNH, Portsmouth, NH

2010 “Soundplushies: Making Noisy Puppets” World Maker Faire, New York, NY

2010 "Intro to Soft Circuits" co-presented with Becky Stern, Bay Area Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA