This project as a whole went very well, and I enjoyed presenting it at the ITLL expo. A picture of the exhibit can be seen in the featured image on this post, and the below video demonstrates the totem in a video I took at home. In general, the public reacted favorably to my project.
I spent a lot of time on this project, and I am happy with the way it came out. I am looking forward to bringing it to music festivals this summer, but before I can I need to finish a few pieces. The figure is powered using a transformer that plugs into a wall outlet, and I will need to attach some batteries to it in order to make it portable. I will also need to make a long pole to attach the figure on top.
I enjoyed this class this semester, and feel like I gained a new appreciation for hand sketching. Since this project involved working with soft goods, hand sketching was essentially my best option to map out the design, circuits, and many other features. I appreciated this practice.
From working on this project I primarily learned more about hand sewing, hand sketching, and some tricks for working with LED strips. If I were to redo any portion of the project, I would make the hands more intricate, and I am considering making that change.