Koinobori means “koi rising” in Japanese. Koinobori is a koi-shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Tango no Sekku. From April to early May, many landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori. I wanted to recreate this traditional craft with a new computational twist.

I created a koi design using a Voronoi diagram in Processing and Adobe Illustrator:

Here’s the embroidery machine creating the stitches and the finished product:

I then sewed the fabric in a tube shape and also sewed on a top and bottom to create a more finished look.

I wanted the steamer to light up as the koinobori gets  blown back and forth. It would be a great representation of the koinobori during the night time. Here’s the circuitry:

Here’s the final finished product, as the koinobori sways in the wind, it will light up: